Regitering Breeding boar piglets

Post Reply
wendy scu
Posts: 1076
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Location: Herefordshire
Contact:

Regitering Breeding boar piglets

Post by wendy scu » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:57 am

The registering of breeding boars has been under committee discussion for some time now and we have now reached a conclusion/decision.
the following will be implemented as from 1st May 2011 with the intention of raising the standard of registered breeding boars:

New members who have been breeding kunekunes for less than one year will not be permitted to register any breeding boars. (with the exception of those already bred)

Thereafter, a maximum of two boar piglets per year may be registered for breeding for the following 2 years. (eg a breeder of less than 3 years standing may register a maximum of 2 piglet per year)

Thereafter, a breeder may register only a quantity of boar piglets equivalent to the amount of years for which he has been breeding.
(eg - if you have been breeding for 4 years, you may register a maximum of 4 boar piglets per year)

If anyone has any questions or queries about this, please contact me or indeed put them up here for discussion

windybankfarm
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:27 am
Location: bradford
Contact:

Post by windybankfarm » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:03 pm

Hi Wendy,
I think I am taking simple pills!
I took my sows to boar around April/ may last year! We now have our own boar.
Does this class me as an over a year breeder?
Can you explain what this would mean to me as I am now quite heavily into breeding (2-3 boars and 5 sows) and want to register my good Boar piglets that I may wish to either keep or swap for a different line!
Many thanks,
Michelle
michelle

wendy scu
Posts: 1076
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Location: Herefordshire
Contact:

Post by wendy scu » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:15 pm

If your sows went to the boar last april then your piglets would have been born around july/august time. this would mean that you have not been breeding for a year as yet so you would not be able to register boar piglets for breeding at this time.

windybankfarm
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:27 am
Location: bradford
Contact:

Post by windybankfarm » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:48 pm

Hello this is where I was stuck!

Does this mean once I have been breeding a year I can?

And does all this begin on the 1st May?

Many thanks
michelle

wendy scu
Posts: 1076
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Location: Herefordshire
Contact:

Post by wendy scu » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:59 pm

hello Michelle,
sorry - i replied late last night when i was tired! my mistake - it does say on the above message that this rule will apply to new members beginning on 1st May so no, it will not apply to you,

Carol
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:10 pm
Location: Somerset

Post by Carol » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:36 am

Hi Wendy

Can i just check that I have understood your last comment correctly.

Does this mean that the new rule only applies to members joining after 1st May and not to any members who have joined before that date?

Pandora
Posts: 152
Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:54 pm
Location: Bootiful Norfolk!

Post by Pandora » Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:34 pm

I have to say this decision really concerns me. I can't help feeling this is going to add enormously to the amount of 'unregistered' kunekune's, at a time when registration is already being ignored. A quick look in the classifieds demonstrates this well enough!

I am very picky about any that go as breeding stock... (of my new litter of nine, there is only ONE boar I currently consider good enough), but I'm sorry to say I think a lot of people will simply sell entire boars unregistered now, in order to avoid castrations etc. or if they have a buyer who wants to breed, or wants a particular colour.

Surely it would be preferable to have a strict criteria that must be adhered to, i.e: two well attached piris, correct teats, standard colours (i.e. not wild hog), proper conformation, etc. rather than limiting the number? Would that not lead to passing up many possibly perfect specimens, only for others to register a lesser quality one if they have any quota left?

Also, if someone breeds one or two litters a year for say 5 years, how does that give them a better eye than someone who breeds perhaps 6-7 litters per year and will be more experienced at comparison?

The society's first aim states:
?To encourage the breeding and owning of kunekune pigs and promote their welfare.
Would it not simply have been prudent to have the standard met for ALL breeding stock, with a check list for purchasers to verify with the BKKPS? Perhaps an appendage to the individual pedigree form for the buyer to sign before it is submitted. As it stands, ALL gilts can go on the breeding register ~ the boars are of course only half the story, and (until now) ANY boar.

I understand this is a complicated issue, and I don't wish to sound as though I am simplifying the society's concerns, but whilst the theory of this proposal seems sound... in practice, can you police it?
Never test the depth of the water with both feet!

wendy scu
Posts: 1076
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Location: Herefordshire
Contact:

Post by wendy scu » Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:17 pm

Hi Pandora - please discuss by all means - thats why the thread was started.

We have considered 'boar approval' but there are problems with this:

First, the timescale - how could we visit and approve boar piglets before the time that they would need to be castrated? this would leave a window of only 3 or 4 weeks.
who would approve them? we have a very limited number of judges and 50% of them are over retirement age and would not wish to travel hundreds of miles to do this.
the expense would be several hundred pounds per piglet taking into consideration time and mileage. Who would foot the bill?

We also considered boar 'gatherings' to bring boars along for grading but again this will take a great deal of organisation and be very expensive.

We considered photographic approval - but this does not take into account the movement or the temperament of the pig. Also, photos are not really reliable in some cases.

We already have a strict criteria - the breed standard - but the majority of people breeding find it hard to equate this to a live pig, particularly a piglet. The majority of boar piglets seem to be selected on colour, whch actually doesn't feature on the standard at all.

I'm afraid i disagree with you regarding the amount of litters bred. I think you can breed 20 litters from two mediocre pigs and it wouldn' teach you anything about selection at all. the way to learn is to look at a huge variety of pigs, visit shows, see the pigs that win the prizes, listen to the judge's critique of the pigs in the ring. Visit breeders of long standing like Andy Case, Margaret Wolfendale who have been looking at and selecting pigs for 15 years.

At present a gilt who is considered not good enough for breeding can be registered as a 'pet' pig and there is a box to tick to say whether she is transferable for breeding or not. Not all gilts should go on the breeding register.
I appreciate your concerns about unregistered boars but my feeling is that the progeny from inadequate boars may just as well be unregistered as they do the breed no good at all. We have many inadequate boars on the stud register and they are producing masses of inadequate piglets.

I don't think you can pass the 'approval' on to buyers - most buyers are inexperienced and expect guidance from the seller as to what is and isn't a good pig.
I take many sows in for stud here and the majority of people think their sow is well within the breed standard. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Policing it should not pose a problem as the system will soon be electronic and hopefully the setting sill refuse registrations which are outide the set criteria

Pandora
Posts: 152
Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:54 pm
Location: Bootiful Norfolk!

Post by Pandora » Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:42 pm

Hi Wendy,

I do completely defer to you on this, I know how passionate you are about Kune's.

By approval, I totally accept visitation judges would be out of the question. By verification signing, I sort of meant the breeder should have to show the buyer that each criteria on the approval list is met, and the buyer would sign acceptance before pedigree submission... or dissagree. If this was implemented for breeding gilts too, it may improve things up to a point?

I understand what you are saying about beauty being in the eye of the beholder! and take your point about diversity experience, so lets hope some ethics can be maintained within the Kune's world, instead of the exploitation we see in some other pedigree species.

Good luck!
Never test the depth of the water with both feet!

wendy scu
Posts: 1076
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Location: Herefordshire
Contact:

Post by wendy scu » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:09 pm

we have had considerable feedback on this discussion and valid points have been raised which we will be discussing so this arrangement may well be subject to change,
will keep you all posted!

Post Reply