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The History of the BPA:
Worldwide Demand for British Pedigree Breeding Stock

In May 1928, the Gazette recorded the official opening of the new animal quarantine station at the East India Docks, London, by Mr. Amery, Secretary of State for the Dominions. The NPBA was keen to see the effective operation of the station to aid the export of stock to countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand where the Berkshire, Large Whites, Middle Whites and Tamworth breeds had some popularity. The pages if subsequent issues of the Gazette are filled with reports of export certificates issued. In just one twelve month period some 600 pigs from the four NPBA breeds of the time were exported to two dozen countries including Japan, The Malay States, Hong Kong and Australia, Morocco, Kenya, The Gold Coast (Ghana) and South Africa, India, Uruguay, and almost all parts of Europe including: Belgium Czechoslovakia, Denmark Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Poland, Romania and Switzerland,

The year of 1928 proved to be an eventful one for the pig industry. The Gazette described the setting up of a Pig Industry Council as "one of the most important events in the history of the pig breeding industry". The councilís chairman was Mr. Ernest Debenham, a long serving member of the NPBA. The Gazette pronounced: "It would be foolish to expect the council to make pig production consistently profitable regardless of economic and political factors. But we are hopeful that they will not only focus attention on the weakness of the present haphazard systems of breeding, feeding and marketing and submit recommendations for reorganisation, but also see those recommendations carried into effect."


Feeding time for the 127 pigs bound for Yugoslavia aboard the SS Corea in January 1931.



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