Whether you are thinking of having a couple of weaners to fatten for your freezer, or are starting to keep pigs for breeding, or just for the joy of keeping pigs, we will explain both the upsides and things to avoid to help you understand and enjoy your pigs.
What about a birthday or anniversary gift for someone who keeps talking about getting pigs, or treat yourself. Gift certificates available !
This course is for you if you are considering keeping pigs or are new to pigs. The course will show you how to set up or expand, what is needed and the costs involved. If you are not sure whether pig keeping is possible for you, this course will help you decide.
This will be an informative and fun day with plenty of hands on experience with the pigs, and with 45 adults and at least 3 litters a month there is always lots to see. Numbers on each course are limited to a maximum of 8, so you will have plenty of time to ask questions and see all that is involved.
The course covers :-
How much space do I need, what about housing, what sort of fencing?
What equipment do I need?
What can I feed, how much, what will it cost ?
Where do I buy stock from, what to buy, how much should I pay ?
What are the regulations I need to follow?
How easy is it to breed and what’s involved ?
How do I keep them fit and healthy ?
How do I find an abattoir and a butcher ?
What meat do I get, how much, what can I do with it?
The day will be a mixture of outdoor and indoor sessions. You will meet the main herd of friendly sows in their outdoor enclosures and spend time in the farrowing yard where there will be piglets of various ages, and sows due to give birth. Indoors we will get a chance to discuss what you have seen and cover this in more detail.
Course fee £100 (£190 for 2 places sharing a manual), includes refreshments, buffet lunch and 135 page manual to take away.
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