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Pig Tasks Workshop Photos

To see some of the photos from the recent workshop click on the link below.  A full report appears in the April Newsletter.

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Pig Tasks Workshop: Sunday 22nd April

Come and learn some new skills at Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran on Sunday 22nd April! Details are included in the link below:

Pig Skills Workshop April 2012

Pig Showing Masterclass Photos

Photos from the Pig Showing Masterclass are posted here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/111128479518714366905/PigShowingMasterclass?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ7ej-GQ8sftmgE#5729458385858240786

Introduction to Pig Keeping Workshop Cancelled

The Introduction to Pig Keeping Workshop scheduled for Sunday 25th March at Greenmeadow Community Farm has been cancelled.

If there is anyone who was hoping to go to this workshop, please contact Barbara Warren as soon as possible on 01495 755557 and she will organise some training at her farm in Pontypool.

Training Workshops in February and March 2012

For details of the Pig Showing Masterclass (February 2012) and the Introduction to Pig Keeping Workshop (March 2012), please scroll down the posts below.

Introduction to Pig Keeping Workshop: 25th March 2012

ANOTHER WORKSHOP FROM THE WALES AND BORDER COUNTIES PIG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
Date Sunday 25th March 2012
Timetable:
10.30am          registration & coffee
11.00am          introduction, first practical session
1.00pm            lunch
1.45pm            second practical session & question
3.00pm            end of day
Venue: Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran NP44 5AJ
W&BC PBA brings you a practical introduction to keeping pigs. The session covers legislation, choosing pigs, housing & feeding, pork production.
Places are limited, early booking advised
COST:
WBC PBA MEMBERS – £5 PER ATTENDEE
NON–MEMBERS – £20 (includes free Association membership for a year)
Fee includes practical training as above plus tea/coffee + biscuits through the day, but not lunch. Use the excellent cafe at the Community Farm (order hot food on arrival – about £5 / head), or bring a picnic.
This is a hands-on event at a farm, please bring suitable CLEAN overalls and footwear. To book your place, or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Association – Barbara (01459 755557) or Andy (07944 611053)
This specialist Workshop is supported by Farming Connect

PIG SHOWING MASTERCLASS: 19th FEB 2012

Another Workshop by the Wales & Border Counties Pig Breeders Association
Led by Chris Impey
(Breeder & producer of ‘Pig of the Year’ 2008)

Date: Sunday 19th February 2012
Venue: Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran NP44 5AJ
Timetable:
10.30am Registration & coffee
11.00am What class? Pre-planning, suitability
11.40am Practical session – conformation, size, age, good pig / bad pig, judging
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Preparation – the pig, yourself, transport, licences, isolation unit, health status
2.30pm Practical session – the ring, the judge, etiquette, rosettes, showing (have a go!).  Your pen display
3.15pm Question time
3.30pm End of day
COST:
W&BCPBA MEMBERS – £5 PER ATTENDEE
NON–MEMBERS – £20 (includes free Association membership for a year)
Tea/coffee + biscuits provided through the day, but not lunch. Use the excellent cafe at Community Farm (order hot food on arrival – about £5 / head), or bring a picnic.
Places are limited, early booking advised: e-mail Andy Zambanini at andy.zambanini@btconnect.com or telephone 07944 611053
This is a hands-on event at a farm, please bring suitable CLEAN overalls and footwear.
This specialist Workshop is supported by Farming Connect

2011 AGM

The 2011 AGM held at New Inn was well attended by the membership, in part attracted by the excellent roast beef lunch provided by Dave and Debbie Lang!

Barbara Warren provided a detailed overview of the many activities that were supported by the Association during 2011 that not only included a number of training courses and social events but also important promotional and fund raising activities at key Agricultural shows.  She thanked all the members that had spent time volunteering on behalf of the Association in 2011.

Elections for certain Committee positions took place and members of the 2011-2012 Committee and Members with Special Responsibilities will be as follows:

President (ex officio) and RWAS liaison: Keith Brown

Chair: Barbara Warren

Vice Chair: Graham Pearce

Secretary: Andrew Zambanini

Treasurer & Membership : Sue Howe

Website & Newsletter: Andrew Zambanini (to be assisted on Newsletter by volunteers John Whatley & Elizabeth Smith)

Other Committee members: David Lang, Annette Williams, Chris Jenkins

Association Awards: Rupert Everitt

Merchandise: Mair Jones Scott & Josephine Lewis

 

Following the AGM, an open 2012 planning meeting was held where a busy diary of events was discussed by the membership.  See the Diary Dates link at the top of the page  for more details.

Association Annual General Meeting

Association Annual General Meeting on Sunday 13th of November at 12 noon

At The New Inn, Newbridge-on-Wye, LD1 6HY

Free sunday lunch for members

  • 12:00 noon – AGM
  • 1:00 – Sunday Lunch
  • 2:00 – Meeting of new committee

Please contact Barbara Warren on (01495)755557 / 07885790821

or

Dave Lang at The New Inn on (01597)860211

To book for Sunday lunch, give apologies or for more information.

For new committee, posts becoming vacant:-

  • Chair person
  • Secretary
  • News letter organiser
  • Website manager
  • New committee members.

Under discussion on the day will be the proposed study tour to Austria, the Winter Fair and the Spring festival (aka the Smallholders Show).

Please come along and give your support.

 

The Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells July 18, 19, 20 & 21st


Royal Welsh Show 2011 – a great pig show as usual, although numbers were down, which did give exhibitors and visitors more space, and the weather was kind overall. The Association was prominent – our stand, featuring the Trumper family’s young gilt with her first Saddleback litter of eight, attracted the crowds and the television cameras. She behaved impeccably and never complained when the TV presenters demanded the piglets be picked up. Thanks, Sally.

 

 

 

 

 

We had lots of TV coverage through the week, they were still filming Jonathan Davies trying to control a pig on Thursday morning.

Stand helpers dispensed teas, coffee, membership leaflets and lucky dips, and gave out information and advice. Many visitors were seeking advice on pigs in woodland, and experienced foresters Ray Harris and Graham Courtney were busy for hours. We gained eleven new members and got ten renewals in. Very many thanks to all who helped.

C & L Pugh-Morgan won the Association’s engraved tumbler for the best first time pig exhibitor at the Show. The best pen presentation award went to Barbara Warren – after eleven years of trying!

The junior pig handling exhibitors did an excellent job with Daniel and Joseph Impey winning their respected classes – again.