THE CRESTED CAVIES.(p/e white,cream,black)
We have always had cresteds in our stud,they are a very attractive breed,despite not having many left mum did keep some of her young boars off her very sucessful boar Glenwhilks Trojan. There were a few youngsters so that was a bonus for us to begin breeding again. Breeding Selfs and Cresteds goes hand in hand and benefits genetically,litters usually produce a good ratio of plain head:crested sometimes they produce 75% crested:25%plain head, however sometimes it goes the other way!! depending on how your pigs are bred and what their parents are. For me genetics are fascinating and with crested to plain head,if you know your pigs bloodlines you can make a pretty good prediction of what will be produced, but genetics is a complicated subject. Having some nice youngsters in the shed mum gave me a few to start Agnes and I off. At first Agnes was not really taken by this breed she called the crest "a hat" but sure enough she soon came round and she loves the white crested in particular, and has a few of her own. Mum has a few cracking boars in her shed and I usually send a couple of sows through to put them in pig. One of the first pigs that mum gave me was a white crested sow, for those of you who know our stud you will be familiar with her GLENWHILKS COIRE CAS(Cassie). At first I was unsure about her but mum had other ideas she told me to take her home and run her on,look after her, have PATIENCE!! and watch her develop. I will be honest and tell you that I did not think I would be able to show her I thought that she would be a good breeding sow...little did I know!!. I have watched her grow and develop and she is one pig that has definately taken me by surprise!! Cassie is a very special girl, one of the first we got. Cassie has had a very sucessful first show season, with a string of great wins. It all began at her first show, she was best crested and best n/s u/5. cassie has had 2 BEST IN SHOW reserve best in show and placed in the grand challenge at most others. Her most recent win was Wolsingham Agricultural Show under Derek Pike She was BIS,best N/S,Best Crested,Best adult Cavy. We were very happy,Her ladyship had a fan club everyone wanted to pet her and Cassie...took it all in her stride, again all credit to my mum. I think from now on I really have to listen to Ann she knows what she is talking about and knows how to breed a nice pig THANKS MUM.Queen Cassie as she is known in our shed is now having a well deserved rest and hopefully in near future she will have a little family of her own. But I am certain that she will be back on the bench next year.
Both sheds have produced some very nice cresteds this year another young pig worth a mention is Glenwhilks Messi, an up and coming stud boar, again he has been shown and has a few wins under his crest!! Wolsingham- best cavy u/5 best crested u/5 and best n/s u5,followed by best crested at the SNCC youngstock show and 4th BIS. Messi is definately one to watch and he will hopefully be our stud boar in future. Sadly Glenwhilks Gorgeous George passed away recently, he was a big solid cream crested boar with a great type on him, however his line continues as he has left some super youngsters behind that constantly remind us of him. The old man is missed but we all have very fond memories of him. I have added some pictures of some of our up and coming Cresteds-cream,white and black.
Glenwhilks Gorgeous George