Pigs asleep on the Introduction to Keeping Pigs Course at Kate Humble's Farm Humble By Nature
Bob with the pigs on the pig keeping course at Kate Humble's farm Humble By Nature Admiring the Berkshire and Middle White weaners on the Introduction to Keeping Pigs Course at Kate Humble's Farm Humble By Nature Berkshire piglets at Humble By Nature

Course Agenda

Arrive for tea, coffee and a tasty bite to start the day
Getting to know the basics

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.

The important stuff

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.

Meet the pigs

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.

Getting hands on with the pigs

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.

Course closes

We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.

Pigs for Beginners

Saturday 9th May 2015

If you're thinking about keeping pigs, Humble by Nature’s expert teacher Bob Stevenson will teach you everything you need to know to get started. First things first: find out how much land you need and what breed of pig to choose. Then Bob will take you through all the essentials from getting your CPH (County Parish Holding number), to how to feed and look after your pigs, and spotting common health problems.

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 inspirational teacher and 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, but leave with the confidence and enthusiasm to start keeping pigs of your own.

This course is the ideal next step from Smallholding for Beginners if you would like to learn more about keeping pigs.

Bob Stevenson of the Pig Keeping course at Humble by Nature

Bob Stevenson is one of the most highly respected pig experts in the country. He qualified as a vet in 1966 and gained an extra qualification in Pig Medicine in 1983. Still a practising vet, Bob has also been President of the Pig Veterinary Society, and is Consultant to the British Pig Association and President of the Pedigree Welsh Pig Society.

What to bring and other essential info

This 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.

Reviews & Tweets about this course

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.

Gael and Stefan

Great day, brilliantly run course.


Thank you for a fantastic day - it was excellent in all regards.

Rebecca and Ed

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!


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