Here at Sillfield Farm in Cumbria, The Lake District, we produce Wild Boar, Rare Breed Pigs, and Herdwick Sheep. We only have a Total of 65 acres of which 16 acres of Woodland is dedicated to Wild Boar meat production. As we are over 600 feet above sea level our upland farm produces later grass and is most suitable for grazing and rearing Herdwick Lamb, The Lake Districts most Indigenous Breed of sheep.
We produce weekly a small number of Wild boar carcasses that are despatched at a Local Abbattoir according to EU regulations. These beasts are up to 1 year old and have a deadweight size of around 70 kg. Smaller and younger animals can be purchased for spit roasting, or wild boar suckling pigs for oven baking, all subject to availability.
Similar to pigs wild boar gestation takes 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days and usually once a year being born in March/April.
Rare Breed Pigs include British Lops (our most rare pig in the UK), Saddlebacks (black and white), and a small number of Large Blacks. We have available every week carcass size 70 kg which are generally around 28 to 32 weeks, commercial pigs will be half this age, that’s why slow growing with rare breed pigs gives you taste. Suckling pigs (7kg to 12 kg) are also available to order.
Herdwick Sheep, now a protected EEC regional breed (PDO), is a fell runner! Well very agile, and a hardy breed of sheep that has been around since Viking times, grazing on poorer but probably tastier shrubland, slower growing, hence taste, and generally we have them born April onwards. Our Herdwick Lamb is not usually ready or available until September onwards. We also have available Herdwick Mutton, 4 and 5 year old females that we cull out in order to bring new young mothers into our flock. We run over 100 Herdwick Ewes.