The Piglings of Myrddin -
From the 13th cent
Welsh book. "The Black Book of Carmarthen" poem written by Myrddin.
My name is Chris, originally I come from South Wales in UK,
thats why we have the intro written by the Welsh poet Merlin.
several years researching the various breeds of pigs
available, we decided to
establish a herd of Wessex
Saddlebacks. They suited our requirements in
being the right type, size & temperament that we were looking
for. Also being a breed with a long & interesting history, they
to exist in their original homeland, as an
we obtained a young female (unregistered) at 3
months of age, and then we
managed to source a 2 y.o.
purebred boar. Since then we have added various bloodlines,
both male & female to our herd.
We have also obtained other breed females to broaden our
genetic base; Commercially, we also use Landrace to cross
with our boars. This being an excellent commercial crossbreed,
with good growth obtained through hybrid vigour.
We now have the largest Registered herd of Wessex Saddleback pigs in Gippsland!!
Pilot & Gladys, the first of our many Wessex Saddlebacks.
What are Wesex Saddleback Pigs?
These striking pigs are an old breed that are mainly black, with a white stripe over their shoulders and including their forelegs. They were developed primarily for specialist bacon production and are a hardy outdoor breed. Although it was a popular farm pig for many years, like so many other black pigs its numbers dropped when modern factory farms developed and processors increased demand for all white pigs.
The Wessex Saddleback is closely related to the Essex Saddleback. In their native country of Britain these two breeds were crossed to produce the British Saddleback breed. Wessex Saddlebacks still survives in countries to which it was exported, such as Australia and New Zealand. Some purely Essex Saddleback herds still persist in England. Both breeds had resisted the trend to introduce Chinese pigs (which tended to be fatter) into their bloodlines.
The white band may vary in width from being very narrow to extending
half way down the back, but ideally should be as wide as the shoulders.
The Wessex Saddleback has no other white markings. The very similar
Essex Saddleback has a white tip on its tail and white hind feet.
Published January 16, 2008 by:Ferox
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History of the breed:
History in Australia:
Original Wesssex Saddleback Bloodlines