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Standards of Excellent

                                                               British Pig Association .

                                                   Breed Standard and Standards of Excellence                           

                                                                       MIDDLE WHITE                                                   


Section A • To be eligible for Herd Book entry a pig must (except in exceptional circumstances) be:   

-           bred in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland

-           have at least 12 sound teats

-           ear-marked and birth recorded with the BPA in accordance with current regulations

-           the offspring of parents already registered either in the Herd Book of the same breed (or in a
-           supplementary register of the Herd Book maintained at BPA's discretion)

-           Free from congenital defects (e.g. Umbilical and Scrotal Hernias, Atresia Ani (blind anus),
-           cryptorchid boars, extra cleys, twisted, overshot or undershot jaw and rose on the back)
-           conform to any other such regulations as are made by the BPA Council from time to time

In exceptional circumstances, a pig which does not fulfil all the criteria above may be accepted for herd book
registration following an inspection.


Breed Specific Requirements for Herdbook Registration

Ears                 Prick

Colour             White


Breed Specific Disqualifications which make the pig ineligible for Herdbook Registration


Section B - Standard of Excellence - These are recommendations only - breeders should try to achieve these standards in their breeding programmes. Pigs will be judged against these standards of excellence at BPA shows.

Head              Moderately short, face dished, snout broad, jaw straight, jowl light, eyes set well apart, wide between ears, which should be fairly large and                            inclined forward and outward and fringed with fine hair.

Neck              Fairly light, medium length, proportionately and evenly set on shoulders.

Shoulders       Fine, sloping and aligned with legs and sides. Free from coarseness.

Back               Long and level to root of tail with well-sprung ribs.

Sides              Deep and level.

Hams             Broad and deep to hock. Tail set high, with no depression at root, moderately long but not coarse, with tassel of fine hair.

Legs               Straight and fairly short, well set apart, bone fine and flat, pasterns short and springy, standing well up on toes and a good  walker.

Skin                Free from coarseness, wrinkles and spots.

Coat               Of fine quality.

Underline       Thick and straight underline, with at least twelve (preferably fourteen) sound, evenly spaced,well placed teats starting well forward.


Breed Specific Objections - Breeders should try to avoid these in their breeding programmes


Use of artificial whitening or the removal of spots by artificial means is prohibited


Pigs must comply with Section A. Breeders should aspire to breed pigs which meet the Standards of
Excellence in Section B. More information is available in the BPA leaflet - Pedigree Breeding the Next Steps.


British Pig Association, Trumpington Mews, 40b High Street, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 2LS
Tel: 01223845100 e-mail:

Updated Autumn 2013

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