The Big Red herd comprise 40 sows of a composite breed that is primarily Tamworth. The genetics also include Berkshire, Duroc and Landrace. The herd takes its name from the original Tamworth sow who was the matriarch of the sow line.
The herd is farmed on Palm Springs Farm at Forest Grove by David Hohnen and Nigel Lovejoy.
Sows live in paddocks that comprise creek-lines, pasture and woodlands. Boars are with the family groups and sows will build nests to farrow under the cover of a dense Peppermint tree or Pine.
At weaning young pigs are taken as family groups into separate paddocks with the same mix of woodlands, creek-lines and pasture. All pigs are fed a daily supplement of grain and legumes.
Big Red is unique in being a pastured pig, grazing and foraging in a natural environment.