One of the really nice things about the Home Farm on the Temple Newsam estate near Leeds is that he public can get up close and personal with farm livestock like these piglets. Until they grow too big for the bars that keep them in they have free run of the farm yard.
The piglets in the photo are a breed of pig called Tamworth, the farm at Temple Newsam is a rare breeds centre and the largest in Europe.
The Tamworth breed pig originated in Sir Robert Peel’s Drayton Manor Estate at Tamworth, Staffordshire, after the existing herd was interbred from 1812 with pigs from Ireland known as ‘Irish Grazers’, that Peel had seen in Ireland in 1809. Tamworth pigs are of a ginger to red colouration, is hardy and well disposed to people.
Sadly these fine pigs are no longer popular with commercial pig farmers and as because of this they are not as common as they at once were and the population is under threat hence you can see them here at Temple Newsam not far from Leeds.