Great British Food Hero

The Large Black Pig, a breed of domestic pig native to the UK, is rarer than the Siberian Tiger but Scotts Field Pork is home to nearly 60 of these precious sows. Owner Rob Simonds comes from a long line of pig producers and has made it his life’s work to keep the breed alive. ‘Although the pigs were incredibly popular at the beginning of the 20th century modern farming practices taken up in the 1960’s led to a rapid decline in numbers. However the Large Black Pig has an amazing gene pool and we can’t afford to lose it’s unique characteristics …..The reason a lot of rare breeds fell from favour is that they were too slow growing, so the resurgence of slow food in every sense of the word can only be good news’.

Great British Food – September 2013