Sad­dle­back stars

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KEEP­ERS of pedi­gree Sad­dle­back pigs —even if you only have one— have their chance for recog­ni­tion, as the breed society is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary with a herd com­pe­ti­tion. The aim is to gain an over­view of num­bers and qual­ity and work out how best to con­serve this de­light­ful breed, which has a uni­form white belt around its mid­dle. It’s an amal­ga­ma­tion of the Im­proved Es­sex and Wes­sex Sad­dle­back and owes its ex­is­tence to Lord Western, who spot­ted some Neapoli­tan boars when on a Grand Tour and thought they would be a good cross with his Es­sex sows.

Lat­est fig­ures show a UK to­tal of 532 sows, which puts the breed into the ‘at risk’ cat­e­gory on the Rare Breeds Sur­vival Trust’s watch­list. To en­ter your pig, email ad­min@sad­dle­backs.org.uk. KG

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