• After 8 years on the committee, Sam has stood down to concentrate on other commitments. In line with the constitution the committee have co-opted Simon Whiteley as interim chair until a suitable replacement can be sought. 

    Ellen Thomas has also stood down as publicity and marketing officer but is going to remain i/c social media.

    I would like to thank both on behalf of the society and its members for the hard work and dedication they have shown the society.

    With this in mind we are looking for a publicity and marketing officer to work alongside Ellen in her role. If anyone else has a particular skill or would like to get involved with the running of the society and help us celebrate 25 years of the BKKPS then please contact our Secretary, Dan Thomas, secretary@britishkunekunepigsociety.co.uk

  • Hello all,

    Firstly can I take this opportunity to say a genuine thank you for all that you do for the breed and the Society. Our breeders are what keep both the breed and the Society going, without you there is literally nothing!

    The Registrar would also like to thank you for your patience over the last few months. The backlog is close to being cleared!

    Please may I ask you to take the time to read through the information below. None of this may apply to you but I am hoping we can all support each other, and new breeders, so we get things right.

    We are receiving birth notifications, registrations and transfers both online and in paper form that have mistakes. We are also receiving applications for birth notifications and registrations that don't follow the guidelines for timings, eligibility and identification. This means a lot of work for the Registrar and the Secretary and as a result things are not being processed quickly.

    The main issues are:

    ·         No individual ear tag numbers for pigs

    ·         Ear tag numbers are the same as ones already used before (duplicates)

    ·         Trying to register boars in a first year of breeding (without contacting us first)

    ·         Notifying after 40 days

    ·         Registering after 18 months/after breeding

    We are now looking far more critically at ear tag numbers and will notice if you are using tag numbers you have done before; we will also not approve registrations where no individual ear tag numbers have been given. In some cases we may ask you to provide photographs of the ear tag in the pig's ear before it leaves your holding. We are receiving communication from new owners asking us for ear tags for pigs and, on inspecting the database, we find these pigs are registered as having been tagged!

    We know there are sometimes exceptions to the rules and, as a committee, we are happy to discuss these on a case by case basis so please do contact us in unusual cases before you try to notify/register/the pig leaves your holding.

    May I also remind you about the articles available on the BKKPS website.

    It would help tremendously if you were to pass these links on to new breeders who buy breeding pigs from you so they understand the rules before breeding. Here they are for ease of reference:

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/BreederResponsibilities.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/LitterNotifications.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/Registration.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/EarTagging.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/Castration.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/SelectingBreedStandard.aspx

    Over the winter the Registrar will be writing an article for the Newsletter and BKKPS website as well as producing a help guide for new breeders to try and support new people coming into breeding. Please may I ask you to help by feeding back to us:

    ·         What do you find confusing, especially as a new breeder?

    ·         What things don’t you understand or cannot find help with?

    ·         What problems do you experience with either the online system/paper system for notifying and registration?

    ·         How could we improve/what else would support you?

    ·         Anything else?!

    Please direct your responses to:

    secretary@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk or chair@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk

    Many thanks to you all for taking the time to read this.

  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The British Kunekune Pig Society (BKKPS) will be held on Sunday 15th October 2017 at The Old House, Rectory Lane, Wolverton, Tadley, RG26 5RS by kind permissions of Sarah Sladen

    As well as the AGM we will be holding practical demonstrations on keeping Kunekune Pigs as well as a Q&A session on pig health kindly lead by Sam Jones, BKKPS Chair

  • UPDATE: Valerie our Registrar is due to move house,

    If you use paper applications for registrations please could you download a new copy from the members area of the website, this will include the new address.

  • IMPORTANT INFO:

    Hello all, Sam Jones here :)

    This week, DAWN STEVENS has decided to step down from the role of Show Co-ordinator so she can concentrate on her own pigs and the shows she attends. She will also be stepping down from the committee. It is with great sadness we see her leave, she has been both a show and BKKPS stalwart and is a very sincere, warm, kind, caring and thoughtful person. A lovely person to be around who actively encourages and supports anyone with an interest in pigs. She has personally been hugely successful in both the show ring and breeding; I know she will continue with hopefully more time to focus on herself and her own herd. She has worked extremely hard as a committee member , her greatest success being the introduction of the BKKPS Champion of Champions. , DAWN STEVENS, we wish you all the best for the future, take care, lots of love from Sam and the BKKPS team x x x x

    The photo shows Dawn being awarded Breed Champion by Andy Case at the Lambourn Show

  • Thinking about showing your pigs this year? Want to go along and watch some Kunekune in the show ring? The schedules are out now for the following shows:

    Burwarton Show http://www.burwartonshow.co.uk/

    Berkshire County Show aka newbury http://www.berkshireshow.co.uk/Show/index

    Pembrokshire County Show http://www.pembsshow.org/

  • Show Dates 2017

    Shows highlighted in BOLD hold specific Kunekune classes.

     

    Newark & Notts                                               13-14 May 2017 http://www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com

    Balmoral (NI)                                     10-13 May 2017 http://www.balmoralshow.co.uk 

    Devon                                                   18-20 May 2017 http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/

    Royal Welsh Spring festival        20-21 May 2017 http://www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival/ 

    Royal Bath & West                           31 May -3 June 2017       http://www.bathandwest.com

    Staffordshire                                     31 May -3 June 2017       http://www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

    Suffolk                                                  31 May -1 June 2017       http://www.suffolkshow.co.uk/

    Royal Cornwall                                 8-10 June 2017                  http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/

    South of England                              08-10 June 2017                http://www.seas.org.uk/summer-show/

    Royal Three Counties                    16-18 June 2017                http://www.threecounties.co.uk/

    Cheshire                                              20-21 June 2017                http://www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk/

    Lincolnshire                                        21-22 June 2017                http://www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk/

    Royal Norfolk                                     28-29 June 2017                http://royalnorfolkshow.co.uk/

    Great Yorkshire                                                11-13 July 2017                  http://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/

    Royal Welsh                                       24-27 July 2017                  http://www.rwas.co.uk/royal-welsh-show/

    Anglesey                                             15-16 July 2017                  http://www.angleseyshow.org.uk

     

    Lamborne                                           30th April 2017 

    North Somerset                               01 May 2017                      www.nsas.org.uk

    South Suffolk                                     14 May 2017                       www.southsuffolkshow.co.uk/livestock/

    Essex Young Farmers                     21 May 2017                       www.essexyoungfarmers.com

    Lesmahagow                                     27 May 2017                       www.lesmahagowfarmerssociety.co.uk

    Shropshire County                          27 May 2017                       www.shropshirecountyshow.co.uk

    Heathfield                                           27 May 2017                       www.heathfieldshow.org/ 

    Dorset Rare Breeds                         29 May 2017                       www.sherbournecountryfair.com

    Surrey County                                   29th May 2017                   www.surreycountyshow.co.uk

    Honley                                                  10 June 2017                      www.honleyshow.co.uk

    National Rare & Minority Breeds 18 June 2017                  www.threecounties.co.uk

    Isle of Wight Show                          25 June 2017                      www.riwas.org.uk

    Cranleigh                                             02 July 2017                        www.cranleighshow.co.uk

    Hanbury Country Show                 01 July 2017                        www.hanburyshow.co.uk

    Doune & Dunblane                         01 July 2017                        www.douneanddunblaneshow.co.uk

    Sussex Smallholders Show           01-02 July 2017                  www.smallholdersshows.co.uk

    Cotswold Show                                 01-02 July 2017                  www.cotswoldshow.co.uk

    Castlewellan                                      15 July 2017                        www.facebook.com/castlewellanshow

    Goosnargh & Lonridge                   08 July 2017                        www.glashow.org.uk

    Yeovil                                                   15-16 July 2017                  www.yeovilshow.org

    Great Eccleston                                                15-16 July 2017                  www.greatecclestonshow.co.uk

    Driffield                                                19 July 2017                        www.driffieldshow.co.uk

    Singleton Rare Breeds                   16 July 2017                       

    http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/rare-and-traditional-breeds-show/

     

    Mid-Devon                                         22 July 2017                        www.middevonshow.co.uk

    Cardigan                                              26 July 2017                        www.cardiganshow.org.uk

    Ryedale                                                                25 July 2017                        www.ryedaleshow.org.uk

    Shuestoke & Whiteacres              29 July 2017                        www.whitacresandshustokeshow.co.uk

    Oswestry                                             05 August 2017                  www.oswestryshow.co.uk

    Wayland                                              06 August 2017                  www.waylandshow.com

    Tockwith                                              06 August 2017                  www.tockwithshow.org.uk

    Gower                                                  06 August 2017                  www.gowershow.co.uk

    Thornton-le-Dale                             09 August 2017                  www.thorntonledale.com/show

    Burwarton                                          03 August 2017                  www.burwartonshow.co.uk/

    Chertsey                                              12-13 August 2017           www.chertseyshow.co.uk

    Fillongley                                             13 August 2017                  www.fillongleyshow.org.uk

    Ripley                                                    13 August 2017                  www.ripleyshow.co.uk

    Trawden                                              13 August 2017                  www.trawdenshow.co.uk

    Okehampton                                     10 August 2017                  www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

    Denbigh & Flint                                 17 August 2017                  http://www.denbighandflintshow.com/

    Mid-Somerset                                  20 August 2017                  www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

    Pembrokeshire                                                15-17 August 2017           www.pembsshow.org

    Egton                                                    23 August 2017                  www.egtonshow.co.uk

    Melplash                                             24 August 2017                  www.melplashshow.co.uk

    Leicester                                              26 August 2017                  www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk

    Egham                                                  26-27 September 2017   www.eghamroyalshow.org

    Edenbridge                                         27-28 August 2017           www.edenbridge-show.co.uk

    Arlesford                                             02 September 2017         www.arlesfordshow.co.uk

    Dorchester (Dorset County)        2-3 September 2017       www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

    Westmoreland                                  14 September 2017         www.westmorlandshow.co.uk

    Usk                                                        09 September 2017         http://www.uskshow.co.uk/

    Penistone                                           09 September 2017         www.penistoneshow.com

    Royal Berkshire & Newbury       16-17 September 2017   http://www.newburyshowground.co.uk/

    Nidderdale                                         25 September 2017         www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk

    Scottish Smallholders                    23 September 2017         www.ssgf.uk

    Gransden Show                                                30 September 2017         www.gransdenshow.co.uk

  • BKKPS would like to wish all of our members and followers a joyful Christmas and a prosperous new year! Xx