The Crazy Bear Farm and Farm Shop are the first farm and shop in the world to be awarded TSG Status.
Tradtionally Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status was granted to us in June 2010. It means that our pigs are pure-bred pedigree stock, our traditional farming methods are to the highest welfare standards, and we are recognised by The EU Commission as producing an exceptional and distinctive product.
The TSG is part of the Protected Food Names Scheme operated in the UK by Defra. It is similar in the way it works to schemes such as PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) which are used to protect foodstuffs such as Parma ham and Champagne.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot is the first breed of any species in the world to be awarded TSG status.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot is the oldest pedigree spotted pig in the world. Gloucestershire folklore says that the spots are the bruises from windfall fruit dropping on the pigs’ backs as they grazed the orchards. Its old name was ‘the Orchard Pig’.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot breed was regarded as rare for most of the time since the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), a conservation charity, was established in 1973. It has been rescued from a population of little more than 100 breeding animals in the 1970s, to a much healthier population of 1500+ due almost entirely to the growing appreciation of its delicious meat and the demand that that has created.
Some outlets sell the produce of crossbred pigs or pigs with no demonstrable relationship to pedigree Gloucestershire Old Spot, in packaging that gives the impression that the meat is from pure Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. This is partially why the GOSPBC spent eleven years and a great deal of money satisfying the EU Commission that the eating quality of the real thing was special and thus securing TSG status. If shoppers want to buy the real thing, they must buy produce showing the TSG logo and the words ‘Traditionally Farmed Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork’.