Initially in 2005 the herd was small. The first Boar line was the Leo who started the KILVROUGH HERD off with some Aconite and Lucky Girl gilts.
In an effort to preserve many of the remaining Pedigree Welsh Pig lines the herd has been increased in stages.
Currently it consists of 20 Sows and 2 Boars.
The Boar lines at present are VULCAN and VICTOR.
Nine Sow lines are kept from the following families,
ACONITE, DAFFODIL, ELENORA, FLORA, LUCKY GIRL, MARIGOLD, MODEL, NINA and WINCHAT
The original pigs were just to be used to take to porkers, as an experiment, to see and learn more of the knowledge of keeping pigs.
The experiment worked after turning the pork to the fork the family were smitten, the quality of the meat it’s taste, and the good lean meat was a winner.
Mike and Luke Cross are committed to the Pedigree Welsh Pigs survival.
Mike has for the last 5 years given his time and effort freely to help the Pedigree Welsh Pig Society Ltd.
He is currently on the Board of Directors that assist in the running of the society gratefully funded by the SCE funding from the Welsh Government.
The society is also grateful to various other funds that assist in the running of the society.
The board is set up to support, encourage and promote the development of the Pedigree Welsh Pig.
* Excellent mothering ability
* Large litter numbers
* Adaptable to both indoor and outdoor rearing systems
* Easily managed
* Good growth rates without a tendency to lay down fat
* Good feed conversion
* Good temperament
* A good butchers carcass
The modern welsh pig can be traced back to an indigenous, white lop-eared breed kept in Wales for as long as records exist.
Originally, this fast growing, easily managed, commercial-type pig was one of the three major breeds on which the modern pig industry was built.
Unfortunately, hybrid pig production by commercial breeding companies caused a dramatic decline in Pedigree Welsh Pig numbers.
In 2005 The Pedigree Welsh Pig was declared an ‘endangered species’ and is now classed as rare breed.
Breeders – The Pedigree Welsh Pig Society http://t.co/G2ImK1b632
— PWPS (@welshpigs) November 11, 2013