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Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 16 6:52 am    Post subject: The BPA Bloodline Survey.  Reply with quote    

I remember a time when there used to be some pig keepers on DS but sadly, they seem to have wandered off but this still maybe of interest to some.
The BPA Bloodline Survey results for 2015 have recently come out.

I've only just gone into keeping Large Blacks and as well as being really nice pigs, they're also the rarest of the traditional UK breeds.
I keep a gilt of the 'Blackie' line and as you can see, they're a bit thin on the ground.

http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/C_Survey%20results%20for%20web%20LB.pdf

The main breed that I keep is the Gloucestershire Old Spot. I have two lines from this breed, the Princess and Josephine line. Numerically, the GOS finds itself in a much healthier position than the LB and having always been a supporter of the underdog, I'm hoping that in the future to be in a position to be able to build up my numbers of the latter.

http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/C_Survey%20results%20for%20web%20GS.pdf

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32959
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 16 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sadly i suspect many pig keepers have ceased keeping them as well as a few wandering off .

large black are a nice breed,steady and easy to please ,not as funny as gos who are proper comedians .i did not know they were the rarest sort,perhaps the slow growth has made them uneconomic even in the rare breeds community.

they do make good bacon , the fitches are long which reduces the amount of fiddling about per kilo of product as well as giving a long eye and good set of streaky rashers.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 16 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GOS numbers have dropped by a third.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5855
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 16 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

haven't heard from Stonehead for a while...didn't he have Black Pigs?

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 16 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A day with Bodger anyone ? Oh no !!!!!!

This evening I've booked in for a place on this.


Wales & Border Counties Pig Breeders Association
Sunday 28th February 2016 – Pig Keepers Education Day

For all pig keepers, new and experienced.

FULL DAY TRAINING & VISITS INCLUDING LUNCH

Meet at Leysters Village Hall HR6 OHP, 10.30 for 11am

TRAINING DVD
Followed by discussion & questions

TWO-COURSE LUNCH in Village Hall, then

FARM VISIT to WELSH PIG BREEDING UNIT
SEPARATE VISIT TO FINISHING UNIT
Ending about 3.30pm

Please wear CLEAN footwear suitable for a farm walk
Cost for the day, including lunch and refreshments –
Members of W&BC PBA £10,
Non-members £25 (includes a year’s subscription to W&BC PBA)

Places must be booked in advance –
Dave Lang 01597 860211 / Chris Bemand 01568 750461
(To book and/or for more details)

The day includes: –
Introduction to pig keeping, regulations, health & safety,
breeding, AI, showing, tattooing, notching, and more

On the Saturday I'm going to Kingsholme to watch Gloucester RFC play Newcastle Falcons. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1423
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 16 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can't find Leysters on any map, Bodger, though my pooting skills are a bit rubbish. Nearest big town-Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow? I could be talked into going, as I am already a member of WBCPBA and Barbara is always going on at me to get involved.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33683
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 16 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.2733729,-2.6483217,12z

Bit north east of Leominster.

Google HR6 OHP

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 16 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its just outside Leominster, a few miles up the road from Ludlow. Karen and I took the kids camping in Leysters on a couple of occasions, its a lovely area. We're still trying to move to Shropshire or Herefordshire and I'm looking forward to my weekend.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1423
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 16 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that Bodger and Nick for the link. I tried and failed to find it initially on the map. Strange you saying you want to move to Shrops/Herefords. It may be my next move. If I get to the meeting, I will explain my aim for me. I have just put a feeler out about going a bit more south than I am now. I am off next w/e to friends at Bridgnorth, and we always end up at Ludlow to see their grandson at some point. I lived on the Brown Clee hill at one stage in life and that was fantastic. you could be out in blazing sunshine in shirt sleeves in November-facing due south- and be in thick fog a mile round the hill and cold on the north side! I may see you there but...... if the rugby internationals are on then I will be at home!

Bodger



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Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 16 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wales will lose today, so you're going to be much better off coming along and seeing a few pigs. And me too of course.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33683
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 16 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodger wrote:
Wales will lose today, so you're going to be much better off coming along and seeing a few pigs. And me too of course.


I'll take that bet. Name the stakes!

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13487

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 16 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pork?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 16 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm pleased to see that the Lassie line has survived in the saddlebacks, which owes a lot to Nat - she made arrangements to save our two sows when we gave up pigs and founda home for them.

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