John and I are heading off to the Cheshire County Show today with trailers full of British Lops and Saddleback’s with the odd Hampshire thrown in for good measure. The weekend has been spent washing pigs and packing up the trailers. The Saddleback’s and Hampshire’s seem to take less washing than the white British Lops but they still all need a good scrub. For some this is their third show so washing is no big deal but for my January Lops it was a whole new experience. Thankfully, I now have a small area next to the water supply, so gone are the days of chasing pigs around a full size stable, like the elusive bar of soap in the bath.
John’s grand children, Harry and Imogen, both picked their saddleback pigs for the season some weeks ago. They are both pig keeping enthusiasts and have been practising hard for the Young Handlers competition. Harry’s friend Dyls is also catching the bug. The number of young handlers taking part at the shows is increasing which is good news for the future of pig classes.
There should be a good selection of both traditional pigs and modern breeds at the show. When showing is taking place the main pig tent is closed to the public but Cheshire have an area which is kept open to the public all day, here there are the pigs for the on the hoof carcase classes and perhaps a sow and litter. You will find information on our pig keeping courses on display in here and if you have any questions John and I will be on hand to chat after showing has finished. We look forward to meeting you there.