Surrey Docks Farm is home to some gorgeous ginger spotty pigs! This breed is called Oxford Sandy & Black. We have two breeding sows called Winnie and Marmalade, they were born at another farm and came here at 8 weeks old in early November 2017. They are currently joined by our new boar, Rupert, who arrived in April and will stay on to father some pedigree rare breed piglets in the near future.
Our Oxford Sandy & Black pigs are living together in our pig housing by the fields in one corner of the Farm. Thanks to generous funding from Veolia, Southwark Council, Lusso and the Worshipful Company of Farmers we installed this wonderful new pig housing in winter 2016.
The Oxford Sandy & Black pig, sometimes referred to as the “Plum Pudding or Oxford Forest Pig”, has existed for around 300 years and is one of the oldest British pig breeds. The breed is noted for its many qualities, particularly their excellent temperament and great mothering abilities.
We also have five Saddleback-Berkshire cross growers in the other field pen. They will be reared to demonstrate the range of pig breeds and will provide some delicious pork later in the year.