Show and Sale


The GOSPBC supports the Breeds of Gloucestershire Show & Sale held each year at Cirencester Livestock Market. Along with Gloucester cattle, Cotswold sheep, other rare/minority breeds and Poultry & Waterfowl, this is a grand local occasion and everyone with an interest in farming is invited to attend, free of charge.

Each year, on a Saturday in early August, the GOSPBC participates in the Breeds of Gloucestershire Show & Sale at Cirencester Livestock Market by organising the show classes for all pedigree GOS pigs and by card grading all entries for the benefit of buyers.

The Catalogue listing details of all pigs entered is here RarebreedsCatalogue2013

Report of the 2013 GOS Show & Sale

Another very successful event with good prices for quality pigs despite the difficult economic times. The quality too was improved with the card grading team of John Lightfoot, Jonathan Crump and Liz Best awarding several Red cards for the first time in quite a few years.

Eric Freeman judged the showing classes and the results for those pigs forward were as follows:

Lot 1 – absent

Lot 3 – Sudaco Rufus 278 – White card; not shown; 130gns

Lot 5 – absent

Lot 7 – Pebblesford Sambo 427 – Red card; 1st prize; 250gns

Lot 9 – Alsa Sambo 1291 – Yellow card; not shown; 125gns

Lot 11 – Winterwood Princess 234 – Blue card; 2nd prize; 360gns

Lot11A – Winterwood Princess 230 – Red card; 1st prize and Best GOS in Show; 360gns

Lot 12 – Winterwood Princess Freda 2 – Red card; 4th prize; 340gns

Lot 12A – Winterwood Princess 231 – Red card; 3rd prize; 400gns

Lot 13 – Winterwood Princess 233 – Blue card; 1st prize 120gns

Lot 13A – Winterwood Princess Freda 3 – Yellow card; 3rd prize; 120gns

Lot 14 – Winterwood Princess 232 – Blue card; 2nd prize; 125gns

Lot 14A – Winterwood Primrose 10 – Blue card; 4th prize; 125gns

Lot 15 – Stonegrove Star Antoinette 78 – Yellow card; not shown; not sold

Lot 16 – Buttsfarm Bluebell 822 – Blue card; 5th prize; 220gns

Lot 17 – Buttsfarm Dolly 576 – Blue card; 3rd prize; not sold

Lot 18 – Onnyview Princess Freda 173; Yellow card; not shown; 60gns

With thanks to all those who helped run the event, to vendors, those who came to buy and Jon Pullen who ran the sale, until Sat August 2nd 2014.

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In recent years the auctioneers have expanded the event to include other breeds and crossbreeds of all species but the pedigree GOS reamin the mainstay of the pig section.


The event attracts a lot of visitors and good prices have been recorded for good quality stock at every sale so far.

An auction sale of this type allows buyers to assess and compare a number of pigs from different herds. The Club organises Card Grading of all pedigree GOS pigs forward so that novice buyers can see how each pig is rated by more experienced breeders (a panel of three breeders award a colour card to each pig including comments on any faults noted). In addition, there is a show held each year, again to help novice keepers.

All entries are handled by the auctioneers, Voyce Pullin & Co. (contact details below), and prospective vendors should contact them for a schedule.

The photos below have been provided by Clifford Freeman

Contacts for different sections:

Cotswold Sheep:
Mrs Lynne Parkes 01451 830461

Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs:
Mr Richard Lutwyche 01285 860229

Gloucester Cattle:
Mrs Yvonne Froehlich 01926 651147

Mrs Anne Creed 01453 882923

Mr Chris Voyce / Mr Jon Pullin 01291 680068 / 01454 269486,

Cirencester Livestock Market is located on the A417/419 trunk road approximately 1 mile south of Cirencester. The market is just off this road at Driffield (signposted South Cerney; Ashton Keynes; Cerney Wick etc.). The road itself links the M5 at Gloucester with the M4 at Swindon making this one of the most accessible markets anywhere in the country. Click here for a map.


Did You Know? The most expensive pig in Britain according to the Guinness Book of Records was Foston Sambo 21, a Gloucestershire Old Spots, which sold at auction in 1994 for 4,000 guineas (£4,200).

Foston Sambo 21st - Britain's most expensive pig!

Foston Sambo 21st – Britain’s most expensive pig!