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Tamworth Pig

Scientific name: Sus scrofa domesticus

 

The Tamworth pig is a domesticated pig, believed to have descended from the Eurasian wild boar (sus scrofa).

This breed of pig originates from Tamworth, Staffordshire. The Tamworth is one of the oldest breeds of pig and is recognisable due to its distinctive ginger-coloured hair. The Tamworth is a very hardy breed and is well-adapted to colder climates.

The female gives birth to between 6-10 piglets after a gestation period of 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days.

There are around 1 billion pigs in the world, most of which are farmed for their meat. It is believed that pork is the most widely-eaten meat in the world.

  1. Size Fact

    Full-grown sows can weigh up to 300kg.

  2. Food Fact

    At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we feed our pigs Sow and Weaner nuts (pig feed). As well as fruit and vegetables.

  3. Fun Fact

    In the Chinese Zodiac calendar, pigs represent fortune, honesty, happiness and virility.

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