British Pigs

British Pigs

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Not so long ago, there were local British pigs of every size, colour and shape. Over the centuries different localities had developed their own tastes in what their pigs should look like - often coloured pigs in the Midlands, black nes in the southern counties and white ones in the north - and every county had its own 'breed'. But as urban populations exploded and needed to be fed from the countryside, pig breeders became selective and scientific, concentrating on productivity. Today most of those colourful old local breeds have disappeared; now only three or four highly commercial breeds and a handful of rare breeds remain of that once splendid diversity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 60 b&w illustrations
  • 0747804133
  • 9780747804130

Table of contents

British pigs today; Wild Board and domestication; Coloured pigs; White pigs; New pigs; Further reading; Useful addresses; Places to visit.show more

About Val Porter

Val Porter has written about thrity books, many of them about livestock and other animals, about running a smallholding, and about rural life past and present. She has been a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for many years.show more