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Spring Festival, Builth Wells May 2012

The RWAS Spring Festival (known to old hands as the Smallholder Show) was voted a wonderful weekend by pig exhibitors and visitors alike. Top honours went to HD & EM Roberts of Pwllheli with their lovely Welsh gilt, with Liz Shankland taking Reserve with her senior Tamworth sow.


Champion ‘any other traditional breed’ was young Association member Robbie Lang, with his Large Black gilt; ‘any other modern’ winner was a Pietrain from Helen Jackman, Berkshire honours went to Wendy Scudamore’s sow. Champion Saddleback was David & Sharon Groves’ sow, and Sam Jones took the Kune Kune championship with her sow, that had a lovely litter of eight piglets accompanying her – it seems that all top honours went to female pigs.








Junior Pig Handling classes drew the crowds, to see the fun, with young but
experienced pig keepers Catherine Nicholas, Joe Impey, Lucy Scudamore and
Stevie J Wake winning their tickets to the national final at Hatfield.








The Best Pig Pen award, judged by our famous vet Bob Stevenson, went to Association members Irving Carter from Wiltshire, followed by Sam Jones.

The pig agility classes produced some very well-trained pigs and skilful handlers
in front of a large crowd and Wendy Scudamore rounded off each day with a very
professional and entertaining demonstration of just what you can train pigs to
do. Thanks to Mole Valley Farmers for their sponsorship of the pig agility classes.

Our two garden displays were very well received, and the social side of the Association was also a highlight, with forty members and guests joining in an exciting Race Night and hog roast at the New Inn, Newbridge-on-Wye. Funds were raised for the Association and the Wales Air Ambulance, thanks to all who made it a real party night.

I don’t think any of our members went home without a rosette or medal, and many have used Facebook to say what good show it was.

More phtos can be found here: photos can


Race Night and Pork Buffet: Saturday 19th May 7-10pm, New Inn, Newbridge on Wye

Dave Lang has very kindly agreed to host the first social event of the year for the Wales & Border Counties Pig Breeders Association at the New Inn at Newbridge on Wye on the Saturday evening of the Spring Festival. All pig exhibitors at the show will be given 2 complimentary tickets for this social event (to be picked up from the W&BCPBA stand on the Saturday, which includes a hot pork meal and salad.  Puddings can be purchased on the night for £3.  If you would like additional tickets for the buffet (£8 each) then please contact Andy Zambanini, Secretary of the Wales & Border Counties Pig Breeders Association  ( or 07944 611053).

 The aim of the race night is to raise funds for the Association as well as for charity (the Wales Air Ambulance service).

How does the race night work?

There are 8 races which will be televised on the night. In advance of the event we are looking for 7 individuals, families or businesses to sponsor a race. Sponsorship costs £10 per race. Your name will be included in the race night programme at the top of each race.

 We are also selling each horse in 7 races in advance of the event. Cost will be £5 per horse and if your horse wins, you get £10 back! Your name as a horse owner will also be included in the race programme. The final race of the evening will be the only race where horses can be bought by auction on the night, so let us know as soon as possible if you would like to buy a horse in one of the other 7 races!


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.

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:

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

Date Sunday 25th March 2012
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
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


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
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
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 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.