We drove up to Cold Overton in Rutland to meet up with Jan McCourt at his Northfield Farm and to talk about his great Lop pigs — a breed rarer & more threatened even than the marvellous Mangalitsa — about his cattle and about his philosophy on farming and food.
I’ve written up a history of this very old British breed here.
Much more on this visit later, so for the moment, here’s a sign outside the shop that pretty much sums up what he and his family and enthusiastic team are about:
and a photo that sums up the importance of this pig from the British Lop Pig Society
and pork scratchings by Mr Trotter