At the farm we currently have three permanent piggy residents. Snuffles and Truffles are Vietnamese Pot belly pigs and Penelope is an Oxford Sandy and Black pig. They can often be found either in the pig pens at the back of the yard, or rummaging around out in their muddy forage field by the paddocks.
Penelope was born on 26th April 2014 came to live with us here at the farm in July 2014, Oxford Sandy and Black pigs are one of our British rare breeds, there aren’t many around! In fact, they have almost become extinct twice in their history, there are still relatively few around but thanks to the efforts of breeders numbers are slowly climbing. They are a rather pretty type of pig, you can see from their distinctive colours why they get their name from! If they aren’t covered in mud from their wallow, these pigs are a lovely sandy colour with black splotches. They have large floppy ears to help cover their eyes and protect them from the sun. Oxford Sandy and Black pigs (or OSB for short) are also well known for their good temperament, and thanks to the hard work of our staff, our two are no exception.
Like most Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Snuffles and Truffles are completely black with small, pointy up ears – but be nice, they still have great hearing!
Did you know? Pigs roll in mud to keep themselves cool and they are unable to sweat and are not able to protect their skin from unwanted insect bits or the sun!
The Bunces Meadow Herd
As you’ll be able to see should you ever come and visit, we love all our animals at Deen City Farm. Our pigs are no exception, so we ensure that they lead stress free lives with fields to forage in and warm sheltered pens to keep them safe. We interact with them constantly, helping to make them friendly towards people from day one!
In the past we breed our wonderful Pedigree registered pig, Penelope (Provenance Dandy 72), to produce good quality pedigree offspring for registering and selling to help preserve this wonderful rare breed. Penelope is now past her breeding days and prefers to enjoy her days relaxing in her field!