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ASSOCIATION DINNER & QUIZ, New Inn, Newbridge on Wye, Saturday 18th May, 6.30pm

The Association will also be hosting a dinner & quiz on the Saturday night of the Spring Festival at the New Inn, Newbridge on Wye.  Tickets cost £10 each
per person and include a main course, pudding and entry into the quiz (with
prizes for the winners!).  All including non-members are most welcome but please contact me as soon as possible to book your tickets (andy.zambanini@btconnect.com or 07944 611053) so that we can organise the catering properly and not waste your Association’s funds!

RWAS SPRING FESTIVAL – ASSOCIATION ‘GARDENERS CORNER’ DISPLAY

We all know how much pigs love a garden! Given a chance (when we are out shopping), they move through it like a single-furrow plough, through the strawberry bed, herb border, lawn, strawberry patch.

Solution –plant in wheelbarrows, above snout level. That is our theme for the Gardeners Corner display area this year, along with a couple of orchard trees. So on the Sunday afternoon we shall have 6 shiny and wheelbarrows seeking new homes, already planted with flowers, herbs, vegetables, strawberries and more. Prices will vary according to planting, but we shall be open to offers around £40.
(Note the price of an empty wheelbarrow in a garden centre – usually £60).
Please contact Barbara to reserve your work of art and essential garden
implement!

The Gardeners Corner display of such innovative gardens will be in the main exhibition hall this year – do come and visit us.

Spring Festival 18th/19th May

A big thank you to the pig breeders especially those who have entries in the show, entries this year are up by an impressive 53%, and in case you are wondering that’s not a misprint, just over half as many again as in 2012.  Last year we had 27 exhibitors showing their pigs, this year we have 41 so the exhibitors are up 50% as well.

In 2012 a series of talks was started in the sheep section and this year it has been
taken up by the pig section as well. It’s part of the “getting started” programme aimed at all levels of experience in stockmanship, but in particular new starters with pigs. The talks by experts in their field will hopefully take place behind the W&BCPBA marquee with its own lighting, PA system etc. depending on the eventual pen layout.

The programme has been well advertised and you should have had a flyer about it by now so if you have any questions regarding feeding, health etc. now is a good time to ask and have it explained to you.

Our featured themed exhibit this year (if we have the space for it ) is the same as one of the lectures,“Pigs in Woods”. It involves creating a wooded clearing with the tops of trees from the forestry and two or three loads of well-rotted
bark.

Finally once again we are asking for help running the marquee, talking about pigs, dealing with enquiries, merchandise stand, tea making (very important), and just tidying up in general. This is always a problem as most of us are working and exhibiting pigs so we do need help.

Spring Festival Entries: Closing date approaching!

A quick note to remind you to get your entries in for the Spring Festival by 5th April – late entries will not be accepted.

Keith Brown has also asked that we publicise the availability of Breed Stands
at the Show.  See link below and contact Keith for more details:

letter from Keith Brown_

In addition, a series of lectures will be held on the weekend of the Spring
Festival. More details are provided in the link below:
Lectures at Spring Festival 2013_

Pigs & Woodland Management Workshop: Sunday March 17th 2013

This is going to be an excellent workshop led by Ray Harris who as many of you will know, is the go-to-man for all aspects of woodland management and regeneration as proven by his frequent appearances on Countryfile and other countryside related TV programs.  There are only 4 places left, so contact Andy (Secretary) as soon as possible to book your place (07944 611053 or andy.zambanini@btconnect.com).

For those already booked the necessary details are listed below:

Location:  Newport Almeley House, Herefordshire, HR3 6LL. There will be
both indoor and outdoor aspects to this workshop so please bring suitable
clothing and footwear for both sessions.

Start Time: 11am – meet in the reception area

Cost : £20 for Association members payable on the day. This is slightly higher than the usual fee as we will be giving a donation to the gardening charity associated with the venue.

Please bring a packed lunch!

Pig Skills Workshop, Sunday 17th February 2013

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE:

Court Bleddyn Farm
Folly lane,
Twyngwyn, Pontypool, Gwent NP4 8TS

11am-3pm. Cost £10 for Association Members.

Led by Barbara Warren at her own farm, practical skills will include tagging, notching, injections, detusking, restraining

Contact Barbara directly if you have not yet booked your place 01495-755557.

For those attending, DO NOT USE A GPS TO GET HERE AS IT WILL TAKE YOU COMPLETELY THE WRONG WAY! You need to go via Trevethin and along Folly Lane and NOT via Mamhilad.  Please speak to Barbara or use the following Google map to find her farm.

Pig & Pork Marketing Workshop CANCELLED

This Workshop has been postponed and will be rescheduled for November 2013

Winter Show 2012

Many thanks to all the members who provided a helpful hand in the W&BCPBA tent or at the sausage & cooked meats competition.  There was lots of interest from the public and we’ve signed up a few new members.

The sausage competition was as popular as ever with over 160 individual sausage entries on the day, plus all the bacon, gammon, burger and pie entries!  The judging of the sausages progressed well into the afternoon.  Many thanks to Keith for organising this excellent and obviously popular event, and to the small army of volunteers who were busy logging registrations and entries, and cooking all the meats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Barbara Warren has now stepped down from the Chair, Sue Howe our new Chair presented her with a small gift (a small plum tree and a bottle of wine) on behalf of the membership to thank her for her hard work, leadership, and contributions to the Association over the past few years.

More details of the Show winners will be presented in the January newsletter

New Committee Members for 2012-13

Barbara Warren has decided to step down as Chair of the Association and following elections at the AGM, some changes and new additions have occurred to the Committee:

  • Sue Howe has been elected Chair.
  • Sue Holt has been elected Treasurer.
  • Officers remaining in position include Keith Brown (President), Graham Pearce (Vice Chair), Andrew Zambanini (Secretary, Website, Newsletter and to also to take on
    Membership responsibilities)
  • Other committee members: Annette Williams, Sharon Nicholas, Wendy Scudamore, and Barbara Warren

Many thanks to Barbara for all her hard work as Chair.  She will continue to be a key member of the Association leading the organisation of workshops and Show activities.

Members Area is now LIVE

The Members Area (listed at the top right hand corner) is now live and contains information on breeds kept by Association members.  Only members can access this area; if you require a password, please contact the W&BCPBA Secretary (andy.zambanini@btconnect.com).  If you would like to be included on the list please contact the Secretary.