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The History of the BPA:
The Beginning of the Modern and Traditional Breed Split

The emphasis during the 1950s continued to be on the white pig with the curers objecting to the problems that coloured breeds caused when it came to removing pigment from the skin. At one stage the NPBA made a vigorous protest at the proposal that coloured pigs should be penalised to the extent of 6d a score against the whites. The NPBA, however, did not adopt a sustained protective posture in defence of the coloured breeds. The association, following its principle of the improvement of the national pig herd, saw the requirements of the commercial market as paramount. Market forces were allowed to take their course; some would have preferred to see a little more attention paid to the maintenance of the less favoured breeds.

Modernisation and Reorganisation

The structure of the association was changed to form a more efficient administrative unit in 1978, with a central council having overall control of NPBA affairs and individual committees, rather than societies, having responsibility for each breed.

Breeding Companies Join the Association

Diminishing numbers of pedigree pig breeders during the second half of the twentieth century meant a gradual reduction in the number of NPBA members; then in more recent times came the challenge of the commercial pig breeding companies. The companies talked about hybrid vigour, multi-crosses, synthetic pigs and made a determined sales bid for the breeding stock business of commercial pig producers. The 1974/5 MLC Pig Improvement Scheme Year Book gives details of test results from over 80 independent pedigree herds as well as listing 28 breeding companies carrying out their own testing programmes. The NPBA sought to embrace this new force rather than fight it. A liaison committee was formed leading to the launching of a breeding companies group when the Association of Breeding Companies merged with the NPBA in 1978. This merger of interests, it was reasoned, allowed pedigree breeders to benefit from the advances of the companies and gave the association a broader platform in its dealings with government.



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