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bodger

BPA Bloodine Survey.

The BPA Bloodline Survey results for 2015 have just come out.

I've only recently 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
hughesy

Just had a look at the British Saddleback results. Numbers are stable compared to last year which is good. I was expecting a drop due to the economic climate but this hasn't happened.
bodger

If you have a look at GOS numbers, you'll see that figures have dropped by a third.
hughesy

bodger wrote:
If you have a look at GOS numbers, you'll see that figures have dropped by a third.

That's a big reduction. Probably still the biggest breed by numbers though.
bodger

Nearly half of those that are left are in the hands of just two enterprises, so numbers are not quite as healthy as they may look at first glance.

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