Over 2,700 juniors from 45 states across the nation are members of Team Purebred. Team Purebred offers opportunities to members ages 21 and under through national and regional junior shows, leadership events, and educational contests.
The Tamworth is one of the oldest pig breeds. It is the most direct descendant of the native pig stock of Europe that in turn descended from wild boars. The breed originated in the Midlands of England and takes the name of the town Tamworth in Staffordshire. It appears, while in Ireland in 1809, Sir Robert Peel was impressed by a breed of pig referred to as the "Irish Grazer". He imported several to his Drayton Manor Estate at Tamworth, about 1812. (Apparently Irish Grazers were imported into the USA and became extinct there in the nineteenth century.) Much of the improvement of the breed took place in Staffordshire and also in the counties of Warwick, Leicester and Northhampton, England. It is unknown whether the improvement was made solely by selection but most experts believe that improvement of the breed could only have been accomplished by crossbreeding.