Standards of Excellence
Section A: To be eligible for Herdbook entry a pig must (except in exceptional circumstances) be:-
- - bred in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland
- - have at least 12 sound teats
- - ear-marked and birth recorded with the BPA in accordance with current regulations
- - the offspring of parents already registered either in the Herdbook of the same breed (or in a supplementary register of the Herd book maintained at
- BPA's discretion)
- - free from congenital defects (eg Umbilical and Scrotal Hernias, Atresia Ani (blind anus), Cryptorchid boars, extra cleys, twisted, overshot or
- undershot jaw or rose on the back) - conform to any other such regulations as made by the BPA Council from time to time.
In exceptional circumstances a pig which does not fulfill the criteria above may be accepted for herdbook registration following an inspection.
Breed Specific Requirements for Herdbook Registration
|COLOUR||Black and white with a continuous belt of white hair encircling the shoulders and fore legs. White is permissable on nose, tip of the tail and the hind legs but no higher than the hock.|
Breed Specific Disqualificiations which make the pig ineligible for Herdbook Registration
An animal not possessing a continuous belt of white hair over the shoulders and fore legs.
Section B: Standards of Excellence - these are recommendations only. Breeders should try to achieve these standards in their breeding programmes. Pigs will be judged against these standards of excellence at BPA shows.
|HEAD||Medium length, face very slightly dished, undejaw clean-cut and free from jowl. Medium width between ears.|
|EARS||Medium size, carried forward, curving but not obscuring vision.|
|NECK||Clean and of medium length.|
|SHOULDERS||Medium width, free from coarseness, not too deep.|
|CHEST||Wide and not too deep.|
|BACK||Long and straight.|
|LOIN||Broad and strong and free from slackness.|
|SIDES||Long and medium depth.|
|HAMS||Broad, full and well-filled to the hocks.|
|UNDERLINE||Straight with at least twelve sound, evenly spaced and well-placed teats starting well forward.|
|LEGS||Strong with good bone, straight, well-set on each corner of the body.|
|FEET||Strong and of good size.|
|COAT||Fine, silky and straight.|
|ACTION||Firm and free.|
Breed Specific Objections - breeders should try to avoid these in their breeding programmes
|EARS||Pricked or floppy.|
|HEAD||Badger face, short or turned up snout.|
|SKIN||Coarse or wrinkled.|
|HAIR||Curly or coarse coat, coarse mane.|
|TEATS||Unsound or unevenly placed teats.|
Pigs must comply with Section A. Breeders should aspire to breed pigs which meet the Standards of Excellence in Section B.
More information is available in the BPA leaflet - The First Steps