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bodger

My two Large Black gilts.

My two Large Black gilts ( gilt is a term for a young female pig that hasn't yet grown to maturity.) to my untrained eye are looking nice but they are stamped quite differently.
There are twenty four female breed lines within the Large Black breed and I have one from the Blackie line and my most recent purchase is from the Diana line. I like both of the girls but I can't be sure which of them is the best specimen of the breed? They're like chalk and cheese.

If it ever stops piddling down here, I'll trek off across the fields and see if I can get some half decent pictures of them.
Toddy

Thing is though, does not the fact that they are recognisably the same breed but different from each other, not bode well for the genetic diversity of them?

It's like Jamie and his friend, both out in Japan, and someone asked them which one was most representative of the Scots. The lads looked at each other and laughed, and both replied, "We both are".
One's over six foot tall, blue eyed, redheaded and freckled. The other is about 5'9", nearly black haired, dark brown eyed, fair skinned and freckled.
Both look like 'typical' Scots, iimmc, but you'd never mistake them for brothers. Good genetic diversity within the breed sort of thing

Kennel club standards for dogs have created some appallingly unhealthy travesties. I don't think it'd be a good idea for pigs either.
Yes/no ?

With all this rain and mud, how can you see the colour anyway ?

M
bodger

Better late than never. First of all, here's Connie.



















And now Molly.



















horace

You won,t tell the difference when they have been rolling in the mud
hughesy

I like the thinking in Toddy's post. Our Saddleback sows are all different. Visibly and more subtly in their behaviour and personalities. None of them are "perfect" as far as a breeder who shows pigs would see it. I'm more interested in their performance as piglet producers than their rating against an arbitrary standard of excellence from a showing point of view. I get the showing thing if that's what floats your boat but I agree that kind of breeding does nothing for the health and genetic diversity within a breed.
chicken feed

hughesy wrote:
I like the thinking in Toddy's post. Our Saddleback sows are all different. Visibly and more subtly in their behaviour and personalities. None of them are "perfect" as far as a breeder who shows pigs would see it. I'm more interested in their performance as piglet producers than their rating against an arbitrary standard of excellence from a showing point of view. I get the showing thing if that's what floats your boat but I agree that kind of breeding does nothing for the health and genetic diversity within a breed.


Even if your showing the sows & boars have to be piglet producers sows have to farrow twice each year and boars have to have x amount of offspring to his name as he matures. Details of farrowings are displayed along with pedigrees at all shows. All our show sows have to keep producing the goods we don't keep gilts that produce less than 7 and sows have to keep in double figures or they are on the cull wagon.
confused

chicken feed wrote:
hughesy wrote:
I like the thinking in Toddy's post. Our Saddleback sows are all different. Visibly and more subtly in their behaviour and personalities. None of them are "perfect" as far as a breeder who shows pigs would see it. I'm more interested in their performance as piglet producers than their rating against an arbitrary standard of excellence from a showing point of view. I get the showing thing if that's what floats your boat but I agree that kind of breeding does nothing for the health and genetic diversity within a breed.


Even if your showing the sows & boars have to be piglet producers sows have to farrow twice each year and boars have to have x amount of offspring to his name as he matures. Details of farrowings are displayed along with pedigrees at all shows. All our show sows have to keep producing the goods we don't keep gilts that produce less than 7 and sows have to keep in double figures or they are on the cull wagon.

I like the thought  that you are firm in your views about only breeding from good producers , I used to listen to my old mates telling me about after the war when a lot of ex forces came home and went into smallholdings , but just bred from any stock available , and the results were nothing short of disaster.
chicken feed

confused wrote:
chicken feed wrote:
hughesy wrote:
I like the thinking in Toddy's post. Our Saddleback sows are all different. Visibly and more subtly in their behaviour and personalities. None of them are "perfect" as far as a breeder who shows pigs would see it. I'm more interested in their performance as piglet producers than their rating against an arbitrary standard of excellence from a showing point of view. I get the showing thing if that's what floats your boat but I agree that kind of breeding does nothing for the health and genetic diversity within a breed.


Even if your showing the sows & boars have to be piglet producers sows have to farrow twice each year and boars have to have x amount of offspring to his name as he matures. Details of farrowings are displayed along with pedigrees at all shows. All our show sows have to keep producing the goods we don't keep gilts that produce less than 7 and sows have to

keep in double figures or they are on the cull wagon.

I like the thought  that you are firm in your views about only breeding from good producers , I used to listen to my old mates telling me about after the war when a lot of ex forces came home and went into smallholdings , but just bred from any stock available , and the results were nothing short of disaster.


I personally feel if you have a passion for pedigree breeding you are duty bound to be hard at times to keep the breed standard if you breed from low producers and poor breed specimens your not doing justice to the breed. We have people asking for us to register anything just so they can have a pedigree but it would not do the breed or my reputation any favours so a flat no is my reply. Another thing buyers will do is buy a meat weaner keep it and six months down the line ask for me to register it as a breeder again a flat no is the reply, I can't stop them going on to breed from them but I can stop them getting papers for animals I don't see as good enough to enter the herd book.

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