Recognition by, and transfer of herd book management to the BPA from the Oxford Sandy and Black Society in 2003 brought the benefits of increased publicity and the opportunity to compete in the shop window of BPA recognised shows. Breed numbers have been increasing over the last few years and is now recognised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust after work by Society members and President Dr Rex Walters and Marcus Bates of the BPA proved beyond any doubt that the breed had not become extinct as some professed and was, without doubt, a breed in its’ own right.
There are 4 male and 13 female bloodlines within the breed.
Bloodlines: Boars: Alexander, Alistair, Clarence, Jack Sows: Alison, Clare, Clarissa, Cynthia, Dandy, Duchess, Elsie, Gertrude, Gloria, Iris, Lady, Mary & Sybil.
The current picture is very encouraging with the rarest bloodlines slowly increasing. Hopefully the Breed is at last safe (although still relatively few in number). The Society remains dedicated to conservation of the breed and is keen to ensure that breed quality is maintained.
The Society works closely with the BPA Conservation Committee and Deerpark AI in selecting boars for AI, funding the purchase, isolation and export of the boars so that fresh semen is available for purchase by breeders and to be frozen for future use in the event of a disease outbreak or use in future conservation breeding programmes.
The BPA carries out an annual audit to monitor numbers within the breed and each of the bloodlines and the BPA Breed Representatives monitor numbers and registrations throughout the year to ensure that no line becomes at risk.