The History of the BPA:
Welcome to the Wessex
"Gift of Evergreen" -
Championship and medal at the Wiltshire Show 1930
On the domestic front, the Wessex Saddleback Society joined the NPBA
on January 1, 1929. Never short of a comment, the Gazette declared:
'The actual process of fusion is proceeding with only the usual
little difficulties to be expected in view of our new friends'
unfamiliarity with NPBA principles although there is no doubt that
the Wessex members will find these rules just as easy to work as the
older members of the NPBA."
The editorial comment continued: 'The NPBA is out to encourage the
breeding of pigs which are economical to feed, prolific, of good
quality and which will yield the maximum of prime parts and minimum
of waste, whether for bacon or pork. Despite suggestions to the
contrary from sadly misinformed quarters there is no preference
shewn for any one breed. The association never has, and it is hoped,
never will encourage inter-breed jealousies, but despite its five
breeds it does encourage inter-breed competition."
Carcase competitions were also started by the association in the
late 1920s with the results being related to the various breeds as
producers became increasingly aware of the importance of introducing
standards of production and improving the quality of the end
product. Breeders had to begin to reconcile the need for a quality
product to be sold to the consumer with the requirements of a pig
that had to lead a life outdoors.