Pigs had not been on Elms Farm since the late 1970s due to the collapse of the pig industry that caused a huge financial blow to Chris’ father and grandfather. We were all over the moon when Oscar finally reintroduced pigs to Elms Farm in 2012.
We source our pigs for their meat quality and are also specialising in rearing additional rare breeds. We want to provide both traditional breeds as well as those with a leaner carcass, so that we can accommodate everyone’s tastebuds.
Our large black pigs are amongst the rarest in the country. They produce fantastic pork and are great if you enjoy traditional pork with a good layer of back fat. We also have Tamworths, Gloucestershire Old Spots and a couple of Landrace pigs. All the different breeds have fantastic different temperaments which makes rearing them a lot of fun.
Pigs are reared outside on a predominantly fruit and veg diet, enabling slow growth and sweet flavour to come out in the meat. Having our own pigs is an integral part of the field rotations and the sustainability practices at Elms Farm.
Our butcher Phil joined us in 2017, he has a true passion for the pigs as his “One man and his Pig” instagram page will testify. He has been named as a Finalist for Producer/Retailer 2018 at the National Pig Awards 2018 and was also a finalist for the Young Pig Stockman of the Year in 2016.