Welsh

The Welsh pig is white, with lop ears meeting at the tips just short of the pig’s nose.

It has a long level body with deep strong hams and legs set well apart. George Eglington acknowledged as the founder of the modern Welsh breed described the perfect Welsh pig as “pear shaped” when viewed from either the side or from above.

They are still known for their hardiness and ability to thrive under a wide variety of conditions, both indoor and outside.

Read on to learn more about keeping this breed, the BPA's conservation efforts and much more!

Conservation Targets

In the last 15 years the number of breeders with Welsh pigs has doubled but the breed is still heavily concentrated in Wales with many lines in less than 5 herds.

7 out of 11 boar lines have already been frozen and Vulcan boar is being lined up for inclusion this year
Support needed to add 4 boars to the genebank and encourage the spread of the breed out of its Welsh homeland as insurance against an exotic disease life African Swine Fever.

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Welsh pig, buying guide

Buyers Guide

The Welsh pig some argue can offer keepers at all levels just about all they could ever wish for. They are a fast growing pig with a lean carcass and have good sized litters.
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Welsh pig, me and my pig

Me and My Pigs

What was supposed to be a retirement hobby for Geoff Bemand has now turned into a crusade to protect the future of his beloved Welsh pigs.
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Tamworth pig, conservation

Conservation

The Welsh breed has had support and therefore numbers in the last few years have stayed fairly stable but there are still some bloodlines that need supporting. Most of the breed is based in Wales which leaves the breed vulnerable if there was a disease outbreak.
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Welsh pig, breed standards

Breed Standard

Thinking about buying a Welsh? Find out more about the essential characteristics that define the breed.
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Breed History

The earliest references to a Welsh pig come from the 1870’s when there was a considerable trade in Welsh and Shropshire pigs into Cheshire for fattening on milk by-products.

The Howitt Committee established in 1955 to advise government on future breeding policy identified the Welsh as one of the three breeds on which the modern British pig industry should be founded.

The 1974/75 Pig Improvement Scheme Year Book shows performance figures on a par with the other two breeds selected by the Howitt committee. During this period the Welsh breed was widely used in commercial herds

Since the 1980’s the number of registrations has declined, however the breed still provides a valuable source of genetic material for breeders following crossbreeding programmes.

Contact

Breed representatives

Breeders club

Mr G Bemand
Spring Farm
Leysters
Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0HS

01568 750461
geoff.bemand@gmail.com

The Pedigree Welsh Pig Society
329 Daws Heath Road,
Hadleigh,
Benfleet,
Essex, SS7 2TY

www.pedigreewelsh.com