The industry is made up of a huge variety of production systems with herds ranging from just a handful of sows to thousands. Each of these businesses has an important part to play in the overall success of the industry, whether it’s commercial lines or rare breeds it is important to know that the support and information is out there.
AHDB Pork and the British Pig Association are working together to bring two new pig clubs to the south, specifically aimed at the small-scale producer.
The next meetings will be taking place in Sussex and Exeter during July and will have a nutritional focus. The events are free of charge and everyone is welcome, a meal will also be provided
What: An evening meeting with pig nutritionist Dr Philip Baynes, covering an introduction to pig nutrition and feeding.
When: Wednesday 19 July at 6:30pm
Where: Venue TBC
What: An evening meeting with pig nutritionist Mick Hazzledine, covering an introduction to pig nutrition and feeding.
When: Tuesday 25 July at 6:30pm
Where: The Gipsy Hill Hotel, Exeter, EX1 3RN
To register: Email email@example.com or call 01904 771212 with the names and contact details of each delegate. Please note that booking closes a week before each event.
In addition to AHDB Pork publications and services, the following links provide useful information more specific to small scale pig keeping.
- British Pig Association – http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/
- The Smallholder Series – Practical Guides – http://www.smallholderseries.co.uk/
- Country Smallholding – http://www.countrysmallholding.com/home
- Smallholder – http://www.smallholder.co.uk/
- eAML2 – electronic pig movement licensing http://www.eaml2.org.uk/ami/home.eb
- Download a leaflet on biosecurity for smallholders.
- Common Disease Conditions Diagnosed in Smallholder and Pet Pigs - click here
- Small-herd biosecurity photostory
- Practical Pigs (Autumn 2016): Risky Business
- Practical Pigs (Spring 2017): Please keep 'em safe!
If you require assistance other than the above please contact your regional KE Manager. Click here for details.