Adorable family of rare piglets get their first taste of country life… after becoming the first ones born in UK for 30 years

October 23, 2012 | by | 2 Comments

These super-cute piglets are making history after becoming the first of their kind to be born in the UK – for 30 years.

The Meishans are popular in China because of their long floppy ears and wrinkly faces but have never been properly introduced in this country.

Owner Linda McDonald-Brown, 51, brought the litter’s year-old mum Miep and nine- month-old dad Wrinkles over from northern Holland with husband Graham, 47, last year.

Proud mother Miep with her new brood, the first litter of rare Meishan piglets to be born in the UK for 30 years

Proud mother Miep with her new brood, the first litter of rare Meishan piglets to be born in the UK for 30 years

And two weeks ago Miep gave birth to the rare litter, which contains seven girls and one boy.

The couple plan to start the UK’s first pedigree line of the species and have already sold two of the litter to a smallholder in Essex.

Linda, from Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, now intends to bring other boars in from Eastern Europe to create a foundation Meishan family from which every pig in the UK will descend.

The litter of piglets get their first smell of clean air

The litter of piglets get their first smell of clean country air

She said: “We are really pleased with the birth. They are the first to be born in this country for about 30 years so it’s very exciting to be involved.

“We went across to Holland to stay with a friend who also breeds pigs. We didn’t set out with the intention of buying anything but when I saw them I just fell in love with them and bought two sows then and there and later a boar.

“I have never seen anything like them in my life.

“They are really prolific breeders in China and are very popular because of their unusual appearance and fatty meat but for some reason they have never taken off here and I want to change that.”

The two sows and boar cost Linda £2,000 as a trio and each female can litter up to 15 babies.

Linda McDonald-Brown, 51, with the piglets

Linda McDonald-Brown, 51, with the piglets

The animals play in the field

The animals play in the field

The bizarre looking Meishan piglets are a popular breed in China because of their unusually large ears and wrinkly faces but have never been properly introduced in this country

The bizarre looking Meishan piglets are a popular breed in China because of their unusually large ears and wrinkly faces but have never been properly introduced in this country

The Meishan species is native to Southern China and fully grown can measure up to three feet high and four feet long.

Meishans were last seen in the UK over 30 years ago, when 20 pigs were imported from China by a British genetics company for research purposes, but the animals were never bred.

The species’ ability to produce large litters means they have also become popular in the US and Canada in recent years.

The species' ability to produce large litters means they have also become popular in the US and Canada in recent years

The species’ ability to produce large litters means they have also become popular in the US and Canada in recent years

This little fellow sniffs around some weeds

This little fellow sniffs around some weeds

The adorable creatures stare at the camera, unsure of what it is

The adorable creatures stare at the camera, unsure of what it is

Mother-of-two Linda, originally from Bideford, in Devon, has been breeding pigs for 15 years.

She added: “Meishans are brilliant outdoor animals to have, they have a lovely temperament and they are brilliant with children.

“They are not pets by any means – they can’t be kept in the house like micro-pigs, but they are fantastic to keep and it would be great to see them take off in this country.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    hi i like to know where i can buy Meishan pig in canada
    please contact me

    thank you

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello,

    I’m interested in breeding Meishan pigs, I was wondering if you have a pair of piglets (gilt/boar)available for sale???

    Thanks!

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