This year saw a new format to the Pedigree Pig Breeder of the Year Competition. Three new classes were introduced: Conservation Breeder, Pedigree Pork Producer and New Breeder. Entries were received from all the traditional breeds and the judging panel, led by Chris Impey, conducted online interviews with a shortlist of finalists. The winners of these three classes respectively were Brian Merry, the Pinehurst herd of Middle White pigs; Chris Hudson, the Maerose herd of pedigree Berkshire and Landrace pigs and Jack Tiley, the Fernlea Herd of pedigree Berkshire pigs. Each of these three was invited to the National Pig Awards in London, which was held on 22nd November where the overall winner was announced.

Details of all the entrants, the runners up and the winners of each class were published in the Autumn issue of Practical Pigs.

Chris Hudson, Pedigree Breeder of the Year, with judges Chris Impey, BPA chair and Christopher Price, CEO of RBST.


The final award was judged by Chris Impey and Nigel Overend from the BPA, and Christopher Price, Chief Executive of the RBST. After careful consideration, they decided that Chris Hudson should be recognised as Pedigree Pig Breeder of the Year. Many congratulations to Chris, and all who took part.


Here is what the judges had to say. “Chris has demonstrated that pedigree pig breeding with a native breed such as the Berkshire can be made into a profitable business, while also going above and beyond to assist with the conservation of the breed. He has given up his time to help other breeders and during the pandemic, he provided a service to his local community. He truly deserves the title of Pedigree Pig Breeder of the Year.”


You can read more about Chris in the Winter issue of Practical Pigs.

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