Meet Marjorie and Boris … Britain’s fattest pair of breeding pigs who weigh enough to make 10,000 sausages – but have still managed to sire 70 piglets.
The crossbreed Gloucester Old Spot/Large White pigs have a combined weight of over three quarters of a tonne – more than a classic Mini.
At 925lbs, Boris is so heavy he can easily crush a female during mating – but Marjorie is porky enough to bear his enormous bulk.
The pair have been busy making bacon at Chyvarloe Farm, near Helston, Cornwall, and have sired dozens of young over the last two years.
Owner Paul Parfitt, 37, said: “He’s exceptionally fertile and all the lady pigs dote on him.
“The main problem we have is finding any big enough to avoid getting crushed – but because Marjorie is a beefy pig, she can stomach his weight when they’re rutting.
“Marjorie is Boris’ favourite – they’ve probably had around 70 piglets together.”
Boris stays in peak physical condition by scoffing three kilogrammes of rolled barley and wheat per day.
“Boris is a huge but healthy pig,” said Paul, who runs the show farm with his wife Charlotte, 29. ”He hasn’t grown this big by eating scraps or junk.
“His diet is basically a massive amount of muesli every day plus the odd apple for a treat.
“He never throws his weight around – he’s the most docile, laid back pig you’ll ever meet and he’ll happily let 100 school children line up and stroke him.
“He carries his weight really well – he’s a strong chap whose strength is hidden under rolls of fat.”
Four-year-old Boris tips the scales at 925lbs (420kg), measures more than 7ft from snout to tail, and is well over 3ft tall.
Marjorie, aged three, weighs about 670lbs (300kg) and is 6ft long and 3ft 6ins tall.
Paul said: “Boris has been on a bit of a diet over the winter – he’s been inside so he loses weight, but in the summer he’ll put it all back on once he’s out in the fields.
“If we weren’t to restrict his diet, he’d just get fat, but in the summer, he builds up a lot of muscle.
“I’ve heard of pigs that weigh more than 450kg, but I reckon Boris is the podgiest porker in Britain.”
Marjorie is one of eight breeding sows at the farm and lucky Boris sires a staggering 175 babies every year.
Paul and Charlotte have grown so attached to Boris – who has testicles the size of FOOTBALLS – that he has been saved from the chop.
Their initial aim was to buy a few pigs to fatten up and sell on – but they never expected Boris to keep expanding until he was nearly four times heavier than a normal hog.
Local butcher Dean Orr reckons Boris alone contains enough meat to make 6,250 sausages – but Paul says his prize pet will never get the chop.
He added: “I remember him as a little piglet. It was only the fact that he developed into such a phenomenal size that we thought we would keep him for breeding.”