The Arrival of the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig

There is a lot to be thankful for where the preservation of the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig is concerned.  The OSBPG Charity is truly grateful that we had the opportunity of meeting and listening to an individual who believed in the breed, saved the breed and tirelessly and painstakingly produced documentation and kept records on breeding lines and bloodlines.   You see there was a great believer in our breed who came and talked and shared his knowledge and wisdom with the OSBPG in March 2016.  His name was Andrew Sheppy

In March 2016, Mr Andrew Sheppy FLS, honoured us with his knowledge at the OSBPG Blood Line and Breed Conformation talk.  Mr Sheppy was one of our original breeders and the pioneer of the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig herdbook, the first being published in 1985.  

Mr Sheppy’s Cobthorn Alexander (Oxford Sandy and Black boar bloodline)

was the first male bloodline, followed by the Great Grandson – Cobthorn Alexander’s Colonel 5 F.S,

which was widely used in the 1980’s and is the origin of our later Alexander boars that we see today. 


The home of Mr Sheppy, The Cobthorn Trust was formed in 1986, originally to support and promote the long established conservation activities at Cobthorn Farm in Somerset.  Cobthorn Farm has been involved in rare breed farming since 1959. He was also an honorary lecturer at Bristol Vet College, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, winner of the Marsh Christian Trust Award for Conservation Genetic Bio-Diversity and founder.  He was President of the Rare Poultry Society. Along with Dexter Cattle and the preservation of poultry and waterfowl his breadth of knowledge, wisdom and witty banter is still missed to this day.
The Oxford Sandy and Black Pig is recognised with the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) and has been since 2012.
History of the Oxford Sandy and Black pigs (OSBs) can be found on our website or you can listen to our podcast, the History of the OSB here
Photo at source: Cobthorn Alexander’s Colonel 5FS. Mr Sheppy at the OSBPG talk on Bloodline and Breed Conformation. 
Andrew Sheppy 1 April 1949 – 9 May 2017

Valuing the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig

Its difficult to put a price on something you cherish.  The Oxford Sandy and Black Pig is a beautiful, striking breed with its golden coat adorned with black markings (not to be called spots). It walks with purpose and is graceful and enchanting.  With manners and patience they are truly a pleasure to own.

To those that are starting out and looking for their first pigs, the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig is the UK’s all round rare breed.

For meat our breed excels in all areas.  With fall-off-the-bone joints, tasty bacon, juicy sausages, out of the world crackling and exquisite charcuterie.  To those who wish to embark on breeding they are efficient and steadfast with the most loving and endearing behaviour to their young.

We, the Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Foundation Charity will guide you through all you wish to know about this beautiful breed, click “OSBPG Friends” and we will help you all we can to be apart of one of the UK’s rare pig breeds.


  • Photos: Top; Oldlands Herd.  Bottom; Mark Thorley

2021 and we are Blogging!

The Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Group is pretty up there when it comes to embracing social media platforms, however doing a “Blog” is, we are told, a topical and informative discussion.  Fortunately, we like nothing more than to share and part with information that we see as helpful, enlightening, educational, inspiring and above all full of enthusiasm to our supporters.  So here goes!

This first blog is about saying “Hello” and we hope you enjoy our blogs!

Just in case you are wondering, you can follow us here as well…

  • Facebook –  Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Group Registered Charity
  • Facebook – OSB Rare Breed Pork Group
  • Twitter – OxfordPig
  • Instagram – OSBPigGroup
  • Youtube – Oxford Sandy Black Pig Group  Here you can see wonderful recipes being produced by our great supporters;  a short video on pig bio-security, an opportunity to see the wrongs; We have a very informative video on how to use our Draminski pig pregnancy scanner which we hire out to our supporters; There is a small educational video for children and lastly, how to use our pig production and produce calendar.
  • Podcast – Oxford Sandy Black Pig Group – Or ask “Alexa, play Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Group Podcast”
  • Linkedin

Read more… “2021 and we are Blogging!”