Pig Showing Course

Pedigree Selection, Breeding and Showing Course – A weekend course

The 24th and 25th of March 2013

We aim to give you the confidence to venture into the show ring with your pedigree pigs, success in your mind and with the knowledge that you and your pig are totally prepared to win!

Following on from our successful two day course last Spring we are pleased to announce a second showing course. We are also very lucky to once again enlist the help of Steve Richardson, a successful competitor and judge who is well known in showing circles. Steve and partner Janice show under the “Finnington” herd prefix. Steve is also involved in the new BPA Youth Group Programme, stimulating a future young generation of pig keepers. Children over eight accompanied by an adult are welcome on the course.

This is a two day course and will be beneficial to those wanting to start showing and those who have begun showing but want to further their knowledge and polish their ring skills.

In addition it is a very valuable opportunity to those who breed pigs who wish to improve their breeding nucleus through good selection and those considering which pigs to breed and want to know more about breed standards. A good pig is always a good pig. Equally a bad pig will always be just that. So, even if you decide not to venture into the show ring the weekend provides the basis of future successful pedigree pig breeding and selection.

During the course of the weekend the following topics will be covered;

• Breed standards of traditional and modern breeds of pig

• Selection of show stock

• Show schedules and classes

• Management of show stock in preparation for showing

• Training your pig

• What equipment you require for you and your pig

• Transport and movement licences

• Isolation units

• Bathing and preparation of your pig

• What to do at the show before and during classes

There will be plenty of show champions to assess, evaluate and handle.

Even though we have been showing pigs for a number of years we also learnt lots from last years course working with Steve Richardson. It is without doubt that some of the success of John’s grandchildren in the ring in 2011 can be contributed to attending the course.

Imogen, age 8, was crowned the under eight, Champion Young Pig Handler in the nationwide British Pig Association competition. Harry, age 10, also qualified in his age group for the national BPA final but was let down by a cantankerous pig on a very hot day.

John’s Saddlebacks went on to win numerous titles at County level both in respective Breed Classes and Overall in Show. His Saddleback boar was the 2011 Champion of Champions and his gilt Reserve in the Saddleback Club Society classes. (See the news section on www.saddlebackpigs.co.uk for show reports and pictures)

Carole’s Lops were Breed Champion at Cheshire and Westmorland.

We work very closely together at the shows and therefore our success is joint and our knowledge will be shared with you during this special weekend.

The cost of the two day course is £190. We will provide soup and local bread each day for lunch.

We will have pies and sausage to taste.

Accommodation is available locally.

On the Saturday evening we all go out for a meal together – good preparation for the shows as pig people do like to socialise!

Send cheques made payable to Carole Barr (pig keeping) to Carole Barr, Crook Barn, Torver, Nr. Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8BP.

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