Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Society
We are the only official group representing the Oxford Sandy and Black breed affiliated to the British Pig Association (BPA) and have been established for 35 years.
Members of the Society saved the breed from extinction and are dedicated to keeping this breeding going. We have a wealth of knowledge from our long established breeders and the Official breed reps for the breed.
We want to provide a forum to promote and conserve the breed, share information and help each other, as well as to advertise for sale birth notified and registered stock from Society members.
If you would like to help the Society with it's work in promoting the breed and providing AI boars to conserve the breed please do join the Society . Membership is £15 a year and forms can be found on our web site www.oxfordsandypigs.co.uk/ or send an email to the Secretary Susan Tanner firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oxford Sandy & Black Pig, sometimes referred to as the ďPlum Pudding or Oxford Forest PigĒ is one of the oldest British pig breeds. It has existed for 200-300 years. The exact origin of the breed is lost in antiquity but the original Oxford Sandy & Black is believed to have developed some two centuries ago in Oxfordshire.
The Oxford Sandy & Black or OSB has reached crisis point at least twice in itís past when numbers dropped so low that extinction was a real possibility. Unfortunately it had no Society or herd book to look after itís wellbeing. As long ago as the 1940ís, boar licensing had dropped to one or two a year for OSBís. If it wasn't for a few dedicated breeders, the breed would surely have been lost. In 1973, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust was formed giving hope for the breed, but the Trust decided not to recognise the OSB. Once again the dedicated breeders were on their own. The decline continued to the brink of extinction when in
there were 29 herds listed in the first herd book with 15 Boars and 62 Sows. Sadly some of the bloodlines have been lost, but todayís dedicated and enthusiastic breeders are determined to save the remaining lines.
The breed is now officially recognised by the RBST and is on its watch list.
The current picture is very encouraging with the rarest bloodlines hanging on and slowly increasing. Hopefully the Breed is at last safe (although still relatively few in number) Recognition by, and transfer of herd book management in 1985 to the BPA from the Oxford Sandy and Black Society has already brought the hoped for benefits of increased publicity and opportunity to compete in the shop window of BPA recognised shows.
Breed numbers have been increasing over the last few years. There are 4 male and 13 female bloodlines within the breed.
Bloodlines: Boars: Alexander, Alistair, Clarence, Jack Sows: Alison, Clare, Clarissa, Cynthia, Dandy, Duchess, Elsie, Gertrude, Gloria, Iris, Lady, Mary & Sybil