The farm’s sows are Large Whites, crossed with Saddleback and Landrace breeds. Large Whites are, as their name tells us, large and white (pink) skinned, and have erect ears.
The boar is a Gloucestershire Old Spot, a breed known for its large black spots, huge ears which hang over its eyes, and docile and friendly nature.
An adult female pig is called a sow, and an adult male a boar. Baby pigs are called pig- lets.
Here at Surrey Docks Farm, there are several sows and one boar, and you may also see some of their piglets, which are kept until they have grown to 90kg, at about 9 months old.
The farm’s sows give birth once a year, to an average of 10 piglets, but they can have 18 or more at once! Count the number of teats the sows have, and you’ll see how it’s possible for them to feed so many.
One the 3rd of January 2013 our new sow Nessie gave birth to our latest litter of piglets. Nessie was kindly donated to us by John Evans who takes an active interest in our lovely farm. Nessie is clearly settling in well and enjoying life as a new Mum.