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Re: How old is the Poland China Breed?
The breed probably started in about 1860, because when the 1st herd book was started in 1878 many of the first animals recognized/registered had been furrowed in the 60's and 70's. However many earlier historians say about 1845 to 1850, because various early breeders knew what they or their families had been doing/using in their swine herds for some time. Congratulations to your family and it's spot in breed history. The 1st sale catalog I have for my grandfather Albertsen was in 1907. But in 1913, when the bred split because of disagreements on color, he put all his pigs in the new Spotted associations because he preferred more white. My grandfather Nelson stayed with the blacks. I was raised with both, and had both until in the 80's. Some of my grandsons have Poland's, others, Spots. I have pedigrees from 7 different Poland and Spot associations over the years.