A cosy cottage for couples or families to enjoy the farm
This first session in the classroom will take you through the basics of keeping pigs. Learn about the practicalities, including: which breed of pig is best for you & how much land you need; shelter/housing and feed needed to keep healthy pigs; pig behaviour and how it affects your land.
Learn how to get a CPH number and register with Animal Health and breed societies. Bob will show you how to spot & deal with common problems early. The end of the road: considerations of how to slaughter and butcher a pig and finding a good local abattoir and butcher.
See what pigs really do to land! You’ll spend time in our barns and smallholding fields meeting the pigs and watching their behaviour.
Looking after animals is always hungry work! We’ll eat a delicious home-made lunch in the barn. This is a lovely opportunity to discuss what you’ve learned so far, get to know your fellow course members and enjoy some great local food.
You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon outside or in the barns with the pigs. You’ll get practical experience of watching and reading the pigs as well as hands on tasks like tagging and basic pig care.
We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.
If you're thinking about keeping pigs, or just love the idea of spending a day with these intelligent and fascinating creatures then the Pigs for Beginners course is the perfect place to start. Join Bob Stevenson, vet and internationally recognised pig expert, and learn everything you need to know to get started.
This course is very practical. You will spend plenty of time with our wide variety of pigs: from Berkshires to Kune Kunes.
Bob is an internationally recognised pig expert and inspirational teacher. What he doesn’t know about pigs isn't worth knowing… as you'll find out if you join one of his fascinating and lively courses.
Expect to get your hands dirty, and leave with the confidence and enthusiasm to start keeping pigs of your own.
If you already have pigs and would like to learn more about rearing them for meat, take a look at Rearing Pigs for Meat.
This course runs from 10am to 4pm.
It is a hands-on course both indoors and out in the fields so bring clothes that are weather-proof and that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty!
You can handle the pigs as much or as little as you would like.
I just wanted to thank you for an outstanding course. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves and found the information first class. We felt very honoured to have been instructed by Bob and valued the information that he gave. It covered all our questions and we now feel so much more confident and excited in going forward with our plans in getting two weaners for six months for the production of meat.
Great day, brilliantly run course.
Thank you for a fantastic day - it was excellent in all regards.
A really wonderful day. Relaxing, fun, no question too stupid, no concern too trivial.
An excellent and informative day - it has encouraged me that "doing" pigs is feasible and likely to be fun! Great lunch too!