The pig keepers

After many years of keeping traditional breed pigs commercially, running a finishing unit for the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Ltd (formerly run by the Rare Breed Survival Trust) and supplying local butchers John has decided to take a break. The Coal Yeat Herd of Saddleback pigs was a well known and successful contender around the showing circuit culminating in many breed and supreme championships. He has inspired many people to keep pigs following our courses and in particular encouraging children to get involved with pig keeping and showing..



Carole Barr’s herd of British Lop pigs is located in Torver, near Coniston, at Crook Barn Stables. Her British Lops are one of the rarest breed of British Traditional Pigs and are regular prize winners at County Shows. She also keeps the occasional Hampshire and Large White pig. Carole’s pigs live alongside her horses, sheep, goats and poultry.

Brought up on a Lakeland hill farm animals have always formed a large part of her life. For over twenty years she ran a trekking centre from Crook Barn.

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