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Pigs

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Introduction

Back in May Mr Dugan and Mrs Robertson visited Coopers Farmin Hadlow Down to talk to them and find out more about keeping pigs.


Many staff gave up their time at the weekend to build a suitable enclosure with posts and stock fencing.


Some year 5 pupils put together the Pig Arc where the pigs sleep at night.


We have four Gloucester Old Spot Pigs this season.


Children at the school help to feed, muck out and look after the pigs. They do this during Forest School lessons at the school.


Children in our After School Club also help to feed the pigs in the evening.



Facts about Pigs

  • There are around 2 billion pigs in the world
  • Some pigs can recognise their names by 2 weeks of age
  • Pigs can run up to 12mph
  • Pigs are intelligent animals.
  • Relative to their body size, pigs have small lungs.
  • Pigs can pass on a variety of diseases to humans.
  • Feral pigs that have been introduced into new areas can be a threat to the local ecosystem.
  • In some areas of the world, wild boars are the main source of food for tigers.
  • Wild pigs (boar) are often hunted in the wild.
  • Some people like to keep pigs as pets.
  • Humans farm pigs for meat such as pork, bacon and ham.
  • There are around 2 billion pigs in the world.
  • Pigs have an excellent sense of smell.
  • A pig’s snout is an important tool for finding food in the ground and sensing the world around them.
  • Like humans, pigs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.



Facts About Gloucester Old Spots


  • Their black spots are claimed to be where apples had fallen on them in orchards (they love apples)!
  • This breed of pig has huge lop ears which cover part of their eyes.
  • It is a well behaved pig because it has impaired visibility. (result of the ears.)
  • This breed of pig used to graze in the cider orchards!
  • Gloucester Old Spots are a very rare breed!
  • They where first bred in 1885.
  • It is one of the oldest breeds of pig in the world.
  • They can drink up to 15 GALLONS on water on a daily basis.
  • These pigs are one of the most intelligent breeds of pig.
  • These pigs can live up to around 10 years old.