Oxford Sandy & Black – A History

The Oxford Sandy and Black (OSB) pig as its name states originates from 18th century Oxfordshire, although it’s not 100% clear where in the county it was developed. The OSB is also referred to as the Oxford Forrest pig or Plum Pudding pig. The Plum pudding nickname is derived from is irregular black markings, which were thought to look like the traditional English plum pudding – the Forrest Pig reference coming from its development in the forests of Oxfordshire.

Unlike the other traditional and rare breeds of the UK, the OSB struggled to get certification as a breed, and it wasn’t until the 1980’s when a formal society was created and breed standards agreed, that breeders started to take notice. The breed is now managed by the British Pig Association (BPA) but the OSB society still lives on to support and promote the breed.

Until recent years the stability of the breed numbers have fluctuated significantly, at times it almost dwindled out. Today there are 17 established bloodlines, 4 boar and 13 sow.

Pedigree Boar Bloodlines. Alexander, Alistair, Clarence and Jack.

Pedigree Sow Bloodlines: Alison, Clare, Clarissa, Cynthia, Dandy, Duchess, Elsie, Gertrude, Gloria, Iris, Lady, Mary and Sybil.

Pedigree names are assigned by registered flock name and bloodlines.  Bloodlines are inherited by parentage, gilts take the Dam’s line, and boars the Sire’s. For us, a female would be called “Slatehouse Iris X” and a male “Slatehouse Alistair X”, where X is the individual pig identifier.

Breed Status as of January 2017

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5 days ago

Harvested a few damsons to make some gin, nice and sweet, and so so so so so many more on trees. Might have to make some chutney and jam too :)

6 days ago

Look who's made an appearance

2 weeks ago

Goan Curry on the Menu tonight with our own reared chicken - smells amazing

3 weeks ago

I can hide from the rain no longer, pigs are shouting for their tea, can hear them from my office several hundred yards away lol

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