Hampshire Pigs

"Saddleback's with prick ears"

Hampshire Pig

I initially got into Hampshire pigs as they are the closest modern pig to Saddleback pigs. Indeed they were originally Saddlebacks exported from the UK to the USA a very long time ago.

Hampshire pigs are prick eared but have very similar markings to Saddlebacks. Interestingly there is a prick-eared gene in the Saddleback breed which is also associated with a longer leaner pig.

The Hampshire boar is a terminal sire that adds eating quality and quick growth to commercial pigs, the 'Suffolk' of the pig world.

My Hampshire pigs in the Coal Yeat Herd are real comics. Being prick eared they are into everything yet are as placid and biddable as their rare British breed forefathers.

The Coal Yeat Herd of Hampshire pigs is very small yet produces award-winning pigs. Our best result so far was reserve overall female champion at the Great Yorkshire Show 2011 with Coal Yeat Judy when shown by my 8 year old granddaughter Imogen.

All the Hampshire pigs are pedigree and individually registered with the BPA. The Hampshire is classified as a modern breed of pigs, the female line I keep is "Judy", and the boar line "Golden Eagle".

Hampshire Pig

Hampshire pig

Judy with litter
Judy with her new born litter
Getting a pre show wash
Getting a pre show wash

Clean and ready for the show
Clean and ready for the show
Imogen with Judy 2011
Imogen with Judy 2011

Harry and Imogen with a pair of Hampshire gilts
Harry and Imogen with a pair of Hampshire gilts 2011
Harry and Imogen Westmorland county show
Harry and Imogen Westmorland county show 2011

Imogen and Harry show their Hampshire Gilts
Imogen and Harry show their Hampshire Gilts to their school class mates
A pair of Hampshire gilts
A pair of Hampshire gilts at the English winter Fair 2011

A very old painting shows a prick eared Wessex Saddleback pig
A very old painting shows a prick eared Wessex Saddleback pig