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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New poly tunnel finished :) moved staging and heated cloche from old greenhouse. Pleased with the weekends work.

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Just 9 days now until lambing 2018 starts. Its all in the preparation :) This little one was last years first born.

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We were inspected by the Boston Borough Council food standards department on the 1st Feb, I got the results in the post today, very pleased.

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One of our Oxford Sandy and Black Pork 5kg selection boxes. Typical contents, 2 roasting joints (1.3kg approx each) 2 belly strips, 2 loin steaks, 2 shoulder steaks, 2 loin chops and some meaty ribs. ... See more

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