Useful Links to Pages and Organisations
To maintain the integrity and develop the potential of Britain's unique genetic heritage of pedigree pig breeding stock for the benefit of the Association's members through the management of the independent national pedigree database and the promotion of pedigree pigs to domestic and international markets.
The NPA is active on behalf of members, in Brussels and Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets and caterers, fighting for the growth and prosperity of the UK national pig industry.
Founded in 1973 the RBST is a registered charity funded entirely on membership subscriptions, donations and legacies. Conserving rare breeds is not a matter for sentiment. They are an essential part of greener farming systems helping the environment and improving the quality of the food we eat.
There are a number of rare livestock breeds currently found in New Zealand. These range from breeds for which numbers are so small that their survival is endangered, to minority breeds which need to be kept under surveillance. The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand was formed to conserve, record and promote these breeds with the particular aim of maintaining genetic diversity within our livestock species.
The Meat and Livestock Commission
The MLC works with the British meat and livestock industry to improve its efficiency and competitive position, maintains and stimulates markets for British meat at home and abroad, while taking into account the needs of consumers.
Defra works for the essentials of life - water, food, air, land, people, animals and plants. Also, a Guide for New Pig Keepers. Amongst all the information available on the DEFRA website, this is a good site with alot of basic information that both new pig keepers, and possibly even existing ones may find useful. It has alot of reference information/other links and sites that may help people.www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tracing/pdf/pig-new-owner.pdf
The Staffordshire Smallholders Association aims to improve the knowledge and skills of all those interested in the small farming way of life. Search online for your own county - most Counties have a Smallholders' Association.
The British Pig Executive have part funded a new web site for small scale producers and farm shops, butchers etc selling top quality pork to promote their businesses and get closer to the consumer.
The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, Nr Ashford, Kent. As well as fun day at the farm for all the family we are a RBST approved centre breeding Berkshire pigs and many other rare breeds of farm animals.
Magazines and Publications
Homepage of Farmers Weekly Interactive, a huge resource for articles relating to agricultural life
With thousands of classified ads for you to search every week, the e-business media agricultural classified site is the most convenient way to find exactly what your looking for.
Pig World is the leading pig journal in the United Kingdom. It is widely read around the world.
The Smallholder began in about 1910 for small farmers, allotment holders and gardeners, printed on thin A4 newsheet. Interestingly many of the articles are similar issues and subjects to those of today!
"The UK's practical magazine for smallholders" - a monthly magazine full of articles and adverts of relevance to smallholders.
Comprehensive site majoring on commercial pig production, but if you register there is a very good interactive disease diagnosis / information section that is fascinating. All free of charge but loads ofadverts. Suggested by Sue Fildes.
A nicely structured online market place
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