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Buckle's End Of Term Report


Members of the P G Wodehouse Society (UK) will know that the Society sponsors a Berkshire sow called Buckle.


Buckle lives at the Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre at Stow Bardolph and her 'end of term report' from committee member Paul Rush is:


Buckle had 10 fine piglets this year having suffered a phantom pregnancy last year. She is expecting again and is due to produce another litter before the Easter holidays.


In true Empress style, Buckle's companion Toggle caused concern when he didn't come out of his hut for food one morning. The reason being he had become too wide to get out of the door! He had to be rescued by turning the hut upside down to free him!


The reason the Society sponsors Buckle is that a famous fictional hero of P G Wodehouse's Emsworth novels is of course the prize fat Berkshire sow "The Empress of Blandings". Not only do we sponsor Buckle, but we also sponsor the annual Berkshire pig Champion of Champions prize at the Royal Berkshire Show (please see our report about this show and our relationship with the Berkshire Pig Breeders Society here).


The Berkshire breed is now rare and is regarded as VULNERABLE, so the support from our Society is important for its future. You can read about the work at Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre by going to their website here. Information on the Berkshire can be found within the Pigs section of their website. Also please take a look at the Black Berkshire Pigs section on this website here.