The Breed

Survey Results 2008

In March 2008, there were 373 sows from 24 bloodlines but 7 known bloodlines had died out. In addition, there were 108 boars from 11 bloodlines with a loss of 3 known boar bloodlines.

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Survey Results 2012

 In January 2012  the Welsh pig breeding herd  had risen to  1175 breeding animals. These were  made up of 238 registered males and 837 registered females, (BPA survey)

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Why does the Welsh Pig need you?

The modern Welsh Pig can be traced back to an indigenous, white lop-eared breed kept in Wales for as long as records exist. Originally, this fast growing, easily managed and commercial type pig was one of the three major breeds on which the modern pig industry was built.

Unfortunately, hybrid pig production by commercial breeding companies caused a dramatic decline in Welsh Pig numbers. Due to this, in 2005, ‘The Welsh’ was declared an ‘Endangered species’ and has since been classified as a ‘rare breed’
 

Why is the Welsh Pig an ideal butcher’s carcass?

• Good lean meat
• High killing out percent
• Good eye muscle
• Good length of loin
• Well developed hams
• Sufficient back fat to retain traditional pork flavour
• Grades well, even at heavier weights
 

Additional benefits:

• Excellent mothering ability
• Low piglet mortality
• Fast live weight gain with good feed conversion ratio
• Sufficient back fat to retain a real pork flavour
• Thrive under all types of management systems
• Excellent crossing potential with other i.e. Landrace & Large Whites
 

What should a Welsh Pig look like?

In accordance to the original Welsh Pig and modern variant:
• The back needs to be straight with a good length
• Well developed hams
• Legs needs to be upright on pasterns and be strong and straight
• Fourteen evenly spaced teats
• The pig should be able to move freely without showing signs of stiffness
• The head needs to be light and fine whilst being fairly wide between the ears