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hughesy

2014 BPA Bloodline Surveys

I see that some of the latest bloodline surveys of our Rare Breed pigs are coming online now. Just had a scan through the British Saddleback one and numbers are down again, with now only 565 registered sows in the UK and 131 registered boars. Some of the previously most popular lines have taken a hammering no doubt as people are making an effort with the low numbered lines and letting the others slip.
http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/C_Survey%20results%20for%20web%20BS.pdf
bodger

I can't find one for the GOS's yet Graham can you help me out?
12Bore

bodger wrote:
I can't find one for the GOS's yet Graham can you help me out?


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

12bore's beat me to it. Blimey they're common as muck aren't they! Seriously though I believe about half of the total are in just one herd that supplies Waitrose or Sainsbury's can't remember which one. If they pulled the plug that herd would dissapear overnight.
bodger

Cheers Joe
kaz

Where are you finding these downloads from?

We're trying to find Large Blacks now............
hughesy

Google. I don't know if all the breeds have been released yet I didn't think they were due out till the end of the week but I stumbled across the Saddleback one by accident.
Here you go,
http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/C_Survey%20results%20for%20web%20LB.pdf
hughesy

When you google it the results come up as the 2013 survey but open it and it's the latest one. Confusing or what?
hughesy

All the breed surveys are up on the BPA website now. If you go into the individual breeds pages there's a link there. I have to say the BPA website isn't the easiest to find stuff on.
hughesy

That wonderful fountain of knowledge Practical Pigs magazine has just dropped through the door. There's some stuff in it about the bloodline surveys. If you compare the numbers from just four years ago, 2011, there are some massive reductions for some breeds, and the RBST has reclassified some breeds too bringing them to a more urgent level for conservation purposes.
bodger

Take a look at the Large Blacks, they're numerically so low that I'll be left feeling guilty if my two skylark gilts end up in some ones freezer but you can't save every breed can you? My feet have been  firmly in the GOS camp but the LB's are definitely coming up on the inside rail.

I've got two AGM's to go to in the month of April, one for each breed and whatever goes on at them might be decisive in where I end up hanging my hat. Its in the balance.
hughesy

I steer well clear of societies and meetings. If I went to a breed society AGM I'd probably end up giving up out of sheer exasperation.
Fowgill Farm

hughesy wrote:
12bore's beat me to it. Blimey they're common as muck aren't they! Seriously though I believe about half of the total are in just one herd that supplies Waitrose or Sainsbury's can't remember which one. If they pulled the plug that herd would dissapear overnight.

Its M&S and its in Yorkshire and I can't understand why the BPA insist on including it in the figures as it is a closed herd, they sell no breeding stock all progeny goes for meat or to their own herd as replacements. The GOS stand at around 600 without those sows and some lines need some real help because nearly all the numbers of them are in that big herd.
Mandy
hughesy

I see your point Mandy but then I don't sell any breeding stock either and all my production goes for meat too, or stays as replacements. I only have five registered BS sows and a boar but I still think I contribute to the herdbook as a whole by keeping them.

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