WELCOME TO 100 YEARS OF THE BRITISH LOP PIG SOCIETY IN 2020!
Yes, it is our centenary year and there will be a great deal happening. After much discussion the council have arrived at this fantastic commemorative event.
Our main event will take place at The Royal Three Counties show on Friday 12th June. This will be our centenary show, where exhibitors from all corners of the country will come and take part in this once in a lifetime event. We have selected two of our very finest judges, Frank Miller and Jonathan Cloke, to preside over the show ring for such a memorable occasion.
Frank Miller has dedicated a lifetime to the British Lops and is a font of knowledge when it come to the history of the breed. So much so that he has also been tasked with writing the centenary book which is well underway and due to be published sometime later in 2020. Previews will be available and copies on sale via the society and online in due course.
Jonathan Cloke’s father Geoffrey undertook invaluable work on genetics and breeding programmes with the British Lops over the years and Jonathan has been an avid supporter and respected judge for the society.
It will be a true spectacle to see such fine judges at work with what promises to be one of the largest British Lop show rings we have ever seen.
All members will be receiving a centenary engraved tankard and we have some special medals for the show event.
We have rekindled a special coin that was offered in the 1930’s and will be making a new 2020 centenary edition in Sterling Silver. Each British Lop exhibitor presenting pigs forward on the day will receive one of these once in a life time awards. Champions and class winner prizes are still being finalised but overall Centenary Champion will win a beautifully engraved Decanter while prize monies for this event will be particularly generous.
Massey feeds, in conjunction with Harpers feeds, have committed centenary show boards for all exhibitors too; which will create an impressive impact in the ring.
Towergate Farm insurance are onboard as our main Centenary sponsor for 2020 and there are other sponsors in the pipeline. If anyone feels like they would like to sponsor a class or any part of the event please let us know as soon as possible and we can supply further information.
In addition to all the traditional show classes we have rekindled another old heirloom. The in pig gilt or sow class from the previous years January gilts. This old class used to be a classic class used to show gilts in pig that little bit later thus enabling the showmen to culture their future show sows from these classes; the extra time before being put to the boar allowing the gilt more growth before she becomes a sow. This class can also accept a previous year’s January that may have farrowed and is back in pig as well. Our society patron, Cyrus Todiwala, has been booked for the event and although he has an extremely busy diary around this time we are very hopeful he will be there to make some presentations.
Social events are planned and will take shape as we near the event including a friendly informal get together over a BBQ on the evening of the Friday show.
So plan your diaries now, have a good look at those pigs and see if you have something to show. It will, as always, be friendly rivalry, banter and plenty of help for anyone out for the first time. All our members are of course welcome and we would love to see as many people for the event as possible to make it a truly memorable occasion for the breeders and as a mark of respect for this fine breed.