Here at Peelham, we use only the pigs we breed and rear free-range on the farm through our on-farm butchery for the pork and charcuterie products we send to you our customer. This is a short, simple and sustainable food chain that you can trust. All our pork is organic and free range, and our butchery is organically certified. Our pigs are reared and fattened free-ranging out-of-doors and able to follow their natural behaviour foraging, rooting, snorting and grunting in the open, with warm straw-bedded arks to sleep and shelter in.
Our herd is made-up of Tamworths and Tamworth x Duroc crosses. Both Tamworths and Durocs are red, hairy, hardy out-door breeds of pig with excellent eating quality and a dark meat. The Tamworth x Duroc is a good cross with the Tamworth introducing more delicious fat to the meat in particular the intra-muscular fat essential to eating quality (and health !). We maintain pure bred Tamworths for those customers who choose to adopt a Tamworth or Tamworth joints and also to breed with our Durocs to make the successful cross breed. Other features our Tamworths bring into our breeding is their love of a good scratch, their good nature and enjoyment of people. The Duroc can be a wee bit more 'distant' !
Our outdoor pigs are an important part of our organic and forage-based farming system. They excavate deep rooting weeds, adding nutrients to the soil (including the all important phosphates), in their manure before we sow our cereal crops. With their origins in Ireland where they were known as 'Forest Pigs' Tamworths with their beautiful long snouts are exceptionally good at this practice.