|The Colebrook (eng) or Kolbroek (afr)
As in any breed there is debate about the origins of the pig.
Some historians believe that they were introduced to South Africa by the
Portuguese traders in the 15th century while others suggest these pigs
survived the shipwrecked of the SS “Coalbrook” in 1778 off the Cape coast.
A fact is that they've been in South Africa for centuries
(indigenous landrace breed) and there is reference
to them tagging along the Voortrekker's.
These pigs are hardy and efficient converters of high roughage and grass rations.
They forage and digest root and leaves and just about anything else you put in front of their nose.
They are built to survive in South Africa.
They lend themselves to small-scale farming, being an indigenous breed,
they do best outside highly intensive piggeries.
|Our boar "Lord Puddle" and two sows "Lady Poppet and Lady Wiggal" were born in September 2014.
They arrived in November 2014 and we are keeping them free ranged on our small holding.
|They are very pleasant animals and easy to handle, very low maintenance and low cost.
Wiggal gave birth this morning (30th September) to her first litter.
She had 8 piglets, but sadly we lost 2, which is to be expected.
We are expecting Poppet's first litter within the next 3 or 4 days.
We will have stock for sale as of the 25th of November.
|We are very grateful to Dr. Danie Visser for introducing us to the Kolbroek pigs
and personally hand picking our startup stud stock.
After many years absence from pig breeding (since 2002), we have decided to start again.
This is mainly due to changes in our surroundings, infrastructure and financial situation.
Livestock farming takes time and money, involves crop farming and therefore land.
We now have the time, land and the love for pigs.
When we saw our first Kolbroek pig it was love at first sight and we had to get involved.
We are concentrating on reintroducing the Kolbroek pig into South Africa.
It is an indigenous landrace breed, which was nearly lost to the country.
So, here we are, at the beginning of an old, but completely new venture.
|Please see more pictures under NEWS & UPDATES
|Mostly grass reared.