Welcome to the British Lop Pig Society
Our aim is to preserve this wonderful rare breed
The British Lop Pig Society represents the interests of owners, breeders and consumers in championing the British Lop Pig, one of the rarest of native pig breeds. The British Lop is unique in being the only native British pig breed to maintain its own independent breed society, dedicated to fostering its development.
Why choose a rare breed British Lop?
Why is the Lop such a special breed and is it commercially viable to farm?
- Being a white pig, it does not suffer from the commercial bias against coloured pigs.
- The British Lop is docile and easily managed.
- The Lop is an excellent mother pig.
- Suitable for both small-scale and extensive commercial systems.
- The pork and bacon from a well-finished Lop is a high quality product that attracts niche market opportunities.
- Unlike some rare breeds, the Lop does not tend to run to excessive fat if poorly managed.
What are the differences between supermarket products and rare breed British lop?
- Unlike supermarket pork, rare breed pigs are bred for taste rather than leanness.
- Outdoor, slow reared British Lop pigs means a good balance of intramuscular fat which gives a moist and creamy textured pork.
- Slow – growing means a tastier product.
- Outdoor, slow reared British Lop pigs are happy pigs! British Lops are reared outside, free range. Piglets stay with their mothers until they naturally wean.
- British Lop pigs are bred by a few select breeders who prioritise the purity of the breed and it’s traceability.
- In buying British Lop pork, you are helping to create demand for an endangered species, which in turn will encourage breeders to meet demand and eventually move this pig from the endangered species list*.
*RBST Category 2
Chefs and Butchers
Why should I sell British Lop Pork products?
- The British Lop is a white pig – it does not have black hairs and so looks appetising in the butchery counter and on the plate, unlike black-haired rare-breeds.
- Outdoor, slow reared pigs have a better balance of intramuscular fat that gives moisture and creaminess to the pork, giving quality assurance in terms of premium taste and texture.
- In championing this breed, you are creating a demand which will in turn encourage breeders to increase their stocks, conserving a rare breed which is now category 2 on the RSBT Endangered Species List.
- You are supporting the small – scale local breeders, who finish a small number of excellent quality pigs to your specification.
Melton Mowbray Show and Sale 2014
26 September 2014
The 2014 Melton Mowbray Lop of the Year Show was widely agreed to be one of the best we have held. The standard of the stock competing was some of the finest we’ve seen, while sale prices reflected a growing interest in the breed and the progress of the breed itself.
Lop of the Year and Melton Show and Sale- 3 September 2014
Royal Norfolk Results- 4 August 2014
Great Yorkshire Show 2014 - British Lop results!- 3 August 2014
Upcoming County Shows and Closing Dates ‘14
The show season is fast approaching. Please find below a listing of upcoming shows and closing dates for pig entries; sourced from www.asao.co.uk/events_calendar. Please double check dates with the shows in question as The British Lop Pig Society can not be held responsible for any errors. If you…
The Melton Mowbray 12th National Native Breeds Show and Sale is now open for entries
British Lop Annual Show and Sale on 12th & 13th September 2014
The finest stock from around the country will be on show on the Friday and competing for the coveted ‘Lop of the Year’ title on the Saturday.
Entry forms are available from Emma Collings – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org