Tuesday 25th June 2019 - British Lop Project

11 June 2019 - 26 June 2019

Tuesday 25th June 2019 - British Lop Project

I am pleased to inform you that an application submitted to the trust by the RBST for work with the British Lops has been awarded just short of 100k to work on the project.

What the project will deliver and a brief outline on timing.

It is likely to take over 5 years to complete the work but here is a brief list of timing - 

  • Up to date survey of British Lop herd to form the basis of animal selection/with a genetic analysis alongside this (year 1)
  • 25 – 30 animals of genetic diversity chosen to take gene sample from (likely done with something similar to BVD tags) – (immediate)
  • Samples sent to university to conduct the DNA work – likely – A University – (Year 1).
  • Over 2 billion DNA pairs analysed to get a true DNA of the British Lop strain likely ending up with 60-70k proving this. Year 2/3/4.
  • Research into embryo flushing animals and freezing potential – year ½.
  • If research is successful conduct embryo flushing and storage utilising Genome data.
  • 15 boars to be selected for AI work and semen collection over 5 years. 3 each year, ideally ending up with 3 from each line saved. Some are already in the tank.
  • Goes live from February 2019.

Launch event proposed at Trevaskis Farm June 25 th 2019 for farm tour followed by talks, food and drinks.

To join click HERE.

We hope to see you there.



RBST British Lop Project Launch in Partnership with the British Lop Pig Society and Deerpark AI

11 June 2019

RBST British Lop Project Launch in Partnership with the British Lop Pig Society and Deerpark AI

Tuesday 25th June 2019, 2.30pm at Trevaskis Farm, Gwinear Road, Connor Downs, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5JQ
By kind permission of the Eustice Family

The project is being made possible thanks to a grant received from The Gerald Fallowes Discretionary Trust.

• 3pm Welcome to Trevaskis Farm by Giles Eustice, Chairman of the British Lop Pig Society
• Brief outline of the Project by Richard Broad, Field Officer for the RBST

• 3.30pm Farm Visit
• To see the Bezurrell herd of British Lops, the largest herd in the breed and the various farming, retail and hospitality systems at Trevaskis Farm.

• 5.30pm Reception and Official Launch of the British Lop Project
• George Eustice MP – Farm Genetics and future agriculture policy
• Richard Lutwyche – Vice Chairman, British Lop Pig Society – British Lop history and the future
• Richard Broad RBST Project Leader - Conservation Gains and Targets
• Questions to the panel of speakers

• 6.30pm Food
• Casual buffet style (great food, lots of pork options!) enabling mingled conversation

Finish time around 8pm.

Trevaskis Farm and the Eustice family have kindly sponsored all hospitality costs for our event today, however donations would be welcomed for the British Lop Pig Society; suggested donation of £10 at your kind discretion.

To book your place, or if you have any other questions about the day, please contact Celia Upchurch Secretary@britishloppig.co.uk
or telephone 01763 852193 / 07983 995905