Little Oak Farm

rare breed Middle White pork

 

Our Pigs

The pigs we have here on Little Oak Farm are pure bred Pedigree Middle Whites. Here is a little information on the history of the breed and the pigs we keep.

The Middle White Pig

The Middle White was first recognised as a breed in 1852 in most unusual circumstances. At the Keighley Agricultural Show in West Yorkshire, Joseph Tuley, a weaver by trade, exhibited several of his famous Large White sows along with other pigs. The judges could not agree, as some of the animals were not considered sufficiently large for the class, and “as the merits of these pigs were so extraordinary, entirely forbidding recourse to disqualification, a committee was summoned, whereupon the judges declaring that, if removed from the Large White class the pigs would not be eligible for the Small White class”, it was decided to provide a third class and to call it the “Middle Breed”. In this way the “Middle White breed was establish

Due to the “new” breed’s eating qualities, its early maturing and its very easy management, the Middle White went from strength to strength. When the National Pig Breeders Association was founded in 1884 the Middle White along with the Large White and Tamworth were the three foundation breeds and their first Herd books were published that same year.

The Middle White remained very popular with butchers everywhere, particularly in London where the breed was known as “the London Porker” as the carcases could be cut into the small joints favoured in the first part of 20th Century.

The Second World war and meat rationing until 1954 led to a concentration on the “bacon” pig and the specialist pork pig was sidelined. Along with other “pork” breeds the numbers of Middle Whites declined sharply during this period. Fortunately a number of dedicated breeders ensured the continuation of the breed. In recent years the demand for meat with good eating qualities has once again led to Middle White pork appearing on the menus of top London restaurants, with “glowing reports” regarding its outstanding quality.

 

Our First Weaners

This is where it all started, our first Pedigree Middle Whites arrive on the farm.

Meet Rufus

We call him Rufus, no idea why !!! Thats the name he was given on the day he arrived and it has stuck with him ever since. His real name is in fact Fourcrosses Soveriegn 3, to give him his full pedigree name. He is our Pedigree boar here on the farm and at the moment he has 4 girlfriends (lucky boy). Hopefully he will be a dad again in July