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An Early Casualty

In Northern Ireland the predominant breed until 1930 was the native Large White Ulster, a breed particularly suited to the traditional bacon curing industry, where pigs were killed on the farm. It was however thin skinned and very susceptible to damage when transported alive: it was therefore unsuitable for the Wiltshire curing industry which was established from 1934 onwards. The Large White was expanded first for the Wiltshire trade and later for all bacon curing. By 1939 the change over was almost complete helped along by the Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to only pay grant premiums for Large White boars in Northern Ireland whereas all breeds of boar were eligible for the scheme in Great Britain.

Large White Ulster

A Large White Ulster

 
 

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