Other common names: OSB; Plum Pudding Pig; Oxford Forest Pig
The Oxford Sandy and Black pig is one of the oldest British pig breeds. The exact origin of the breed is lost in antiquity, but it is known to have been developed in the Thames valley area over 200 hundred years ago.
The Oxford Sandy and Black has twice been near extinction, but in 1985 a small group of breeders started the Oxford Sandy & Black Pig Society, and the pig is now increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. However, with only 600 breeding sows it remains a rare breed. It is one of the 14 breeds of pedigree pigs whose herd book is managed by the British Pig Association (BPA).
Appearance / health:
The breed is named for its color, which is a base of sandy brown with black patches.
Despite their energy and gregarious nature, pigs are sensitive animals. They are easily stressed by travel, vaccinations, extreme temperatures, and new surroundings. Stress makes them susceptible to ailments like pneumonia and bronchitis (due also to their small lungs relative to their size). They are also susceptible to animal viruses like influenza. Pigs commonly suffer from mad itch (or pseudo rabies), dysentery, and parasites (lice, ticks, and ascarid worms).
Healthy pigs have shiny hair, bright eyes, strong appetites, and high energy. Their normal temperature is 102.5F. Deviations from the normal temperature and other signs of poor health including diarrhea and coughing should promptly be brought to the attention of a veterinarian.
Behavior / temperament:
As omnivores that love to eat, pigs can be fun to watch while they explore their surroundings in search for something to munch on. They use their snouts to smell and unearth a potential meal. They are intelligent and social animals that quickly get used to the presence and affection of humans.
Some pigs are intelligent enough to learn tricks, obey commands, and use a litter box. Because they have no sweat glands, they tend to cool themselves by rolling in water or mud. The mud that dries on their skin serves as a sunscreen and protection from parasites like ticks, lice, and flies.
Housing / diet:
Pigs are active, curious animals that require room to explore, exercise, and just be their natural energetic selves. Sufficient space, relative to their size and weight, is a primary consideration because pigs that are crowded or confined to small spaces become stressed, and healthy growth and development is hindered.
Although constantly roaming and appreciative of open yards and fresh air, pigs also require a shed or housing that will let them sleep on a dry and clean area at night. Ideal ambient temperatures are 60-70F. Warm shelters with wood chip bedding are a must during cold months; water misters are recommended for the hottest months.
Pig housing should also include a feeder and a drinking water dispenser (usually a water barrel). Access to a water source makes it convenient to clean or hose out the pig shelters (and the pigs) as needed. Chain link fencing, shade trees, and a pond are recommended for backyard habitats.
Pig owners are advised to check with local authorities for legislation regarding the ownership and keeping of pigs in their homes and backyards.
As omnivores that eat plants and animals, pigs will consume almost anything that is edible like fruits, roots, flowers, grass, insects, worms, all types of meat, and even leftover scraps from the dinner table.
Unlike ruminant animals (cattle and goats), pigs have a single stomach. For healthy and fast growth, pigs require a high-energy diet composed of grain (corn, oats, wheat, barley), plus protein and vitamin supplements. Most commercially available feed for pigs combine various farm grains and the necessary supplements to ensure rapid and efficient development.
Pigs are best allowed to self-feed or eat as much as they want during the day to enable them to grow as fast as they normally can. Feeding should always include a good supply of clean, fresh drinking water.
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OSB one of the best pigs for the beginner
Brilliant pigs full of character, to see them running to you across the field is absolutely hilarious, ears flapping as they come. easily tameable like being fussed and handled, a good biddable show pig. We kept our last batch with large blacks, a possible mistake as they possibly did not have enough individual attention and competition was fierce at feed time, one of mine became a biter to remind me it was still there and hungry, normally v.good natured. Will be having more and breeding for meat and showing, would also make great pet pigs..
From devsmallholding Nov 23 2011 5:15AM
Show and Pet Pigs
For pigs, a normal, healthy coat comes mainly from proper nutrition. However, bristle body brushes may be used at the handlers leisure to comb down the pig's hair for a better appearance..
From DrHill 379 days ago