Berkshire breed page
One of the best ‘starter breeds’ around for the domestic keeper
The Berkshire breed also known as the ‘Lady’s pig’ is an excellent ‘starter pig.’
The Berkshire takes some beating offering, as it does, great personality, friendly disposition, manageable size and some of the tastiest meat around.
The breed is also one of our oldest, with some suggesting that records of its existence stretch right back to mid 17th Century.
Read on to learn more about keeping this breed, the BPA's conservation efforts and much more!
Move the Mermaid line into the South West and the Mermaid and Royal Sapphire into Anglia
Increase numbers and distribution of the Orlando line and move Ambassador and Nama Abel boars in the South West
Add a Peter Lad boar to the Genebank
The Berkshire is the oldest recorded pedigree pig breed in Britain.
Whilst there were records of Berkshire pigs in the 17th century these are very different to the pig we call a Berkshire now as these were large and came in a variety of sizes.
The modern Berkshire was improved in the late 18th and 19th centuries by the introduction of Asian breeding.
The breed became popular during the 19th and first half of the 20th century but declined in numbers when the emphasis in pig farming turned to bacon production and “white” pigs