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British Saddelback Pigs

British Saddleback

Key Characteristics

The Saddleback is known to be a very hardy breed well suited to an extensive system. Average litter size in 2009 was around 9.98 piglets and the breed has excellent maternal instincts. The breed is very docile and suited to outdoor systems.

History

  • The British Saddleback is the amalgamation of two breeds: the Wessex Saddleback and the Essex.
  • There were black and white belted pigs in the west country as far back as the early 19th century and they were much renowned for their bacon.
  • The Wessex Saddleback breed developed and remained popular and the first herd book was published in 1918.
  • The Essex was a breed of similar age and renown and the first herd book was also published in 1918.
  • The Wessex was always more numerous than the Essex and by the 1960s with the pig industry heavily focusing on white breeds the Wessex and Essex were amalgamated to form the British Saddleback in 1967.
  • The breed is now considered Minority rather than Rare and is spread throughout most of the UK.
  • Appearance

    • A large, lop eared, deep bodied pig.
    • Sows weigh around 270kg and boars, 320kg.
    • Black body with white band around the saddle and the front legs.
    • The hind feet, nose and tail can also be white.
    • There can be considerable variation in type as you would expect in a breed that is an amalgamation of two separate strains.

 

Did you know?

Both the Wessex Saddleback and the Essex are extinct in their original form (although there has been a re-creation of the Essex breed).

 

Rachael’s Rare Breeds.

Hello it has been along time, I have been so busy but I am now ready to sell my Rare and Native Breed produce straight to the consumer.

 

Next year I will be able to supply Hebridean  , British Saddleback Pork  direct to the consumer/ restaurateur, cutting out the middle man to keep prices low and with the benefit of knowing all meat is locally produced and are cared for under the Five Freedoms on animal husbandry.

 

Please call for further information

 

 

Lambing Over

Lambing has been very good this year 170%. The Borerays have done exceptionally well. We had a little trouble with crows attacking the new born lambs with the Hebrideans so we moved them to another field all is now well. We had a couple of new born lambs with clicky feet so we orphaned them off after a few days as did not want to chance the fox getting them. With a little TLC they are all fine. Alan is now their surrogate mother they follow him everywhere.

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Our small Boreray flock

Our small Boreray flock

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

First job of the year or last as we did it on the 31st was to administer Heptivac – P Plus to the expecting ewes.

Our small Boreray flock

Our small Boreray flock

Heptavac-P Plus provides effective pasteurella and clostridial protection for breeding sheep.. A booster dose is required pre-lambing to maintain the ewe’s immunity and to provide high levels of antibodies that can be passed on to her lambs via the colostrum forst milk.

Pasteurella pneumonia is the biggest killer of sheep. Clostridial diseases can also strike without warning. The organisms responsible for these are widespread in the soil. The diseases are invariably fatal and all sheep are at risk, it also helps to prevent development problems in lambs it boost their immune systems.

Hebrideans

Hebrideans

I managed to stab myself twice, no harm done just a sore finger it may even help my immune system LOL. In two weeks we will drench them for worms and fluke. This is done orally so I hope I will, not miss their mouths.

 

 

We have three flocks of sheep Borerays the rarest species of sheep in the UK, Hebrideans and Lleyns.

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