The advantages can be summed up as follows:
Docile – making it a suitable choice for first time pig keepers and an important consideration for larger operations.
Hardy – the breed is kept in many parts of the UK where extremes of temperatures and weather patterns are experienced.
Good dams – the GOS is a milky breed and a good dam. In many cases, sows will continue breeding at a greater age than many other breeds and hybrids.
Quality Pork & Bacon – there is a huge demand for the high quality meat produced by GOS pigs. Experience shows that good management can produce good quality carcases without excessive fat coverage
They make an ideal crossing breed. Put to a white breed, the offspring will be white with the advantage of hybrid vigour.