The Tamworth are considered an English breed although they originated in Ireland. About the year 1812 Sir Robert Peel imported some stock and began breeding them on his estate in Tamworth, England. They have been bred extensively since then and are the foundation for other breeds such as the Duroc.
Tamworth are red in color with medium sized erect ears, a firm trim jowl and a long snout. They carry a strong uniform arch of the back with a very muscular top and long rump.
The Tamworth are a rugged, thrifty, very active breed with incredible foraging ability and hardiness. They are known as the “Irish grazers” and a good portion of their diet is made up of high quality grasses and legumes. In late fall they will make the trek through the fields in search of acorns in the oak grove and in early winter they enjoy beets and turnips. We believe this diverse natural diet leads to pork that has a firm texture and an exquisite taste – chefs agree!
Currently we have sixteen purebred Tamworth sows, their litters have ranged from six to ten piglets each, their mothering ability is excellent. They have access to barns but are never confined and like the cattle we allow the piglets to stay with their mothers until she weans them.
The Tamworth are listed on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Priority List as “threatened.” This represents fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated fewer than 5,000 global population.