Pork Course in South Wales Monday 1st June 2015

Free of charge – 9 spaces available

Contact Barbara Warren to get full details & to book your place (07885 790821)


Upon arrival at 9am , refreshments will be provided, and John Messenger from the MLCSL will present on various aspects including carcase grading, market requirements and  best practices.

Around 10.30, we will make our way up to the abattoir, where live pigs and carcases will be viewed and discussed.

Industry Meeting on Friday 17th April regarding PEDv

Pig breeders and keepers are invited to an industry meeting run by HCC on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) on Friday 17th April at the Welsh Government Pavilion, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells at 12 noon.

As you may be aware PEDv has hit the pig industry in North America over the past year and is a serious disease epidemic which causes severe diarrhoea in all ages of pigs. The new strain of PEDv is highly infectious and moves very easily between pig units not only by infected animals but anything which may be contaminated by the virus. As a result, PEDv presents a huge financial burden to affected pig herds.

It is important that the Welsh pork industry understands about PEDv and is well prepared in anticipation of the disease coming to Britain. The meeting will address what PEDv is and where it is, how to control a PEDv outbreak and the approaches taken to prevent the spread of PEDv in Wales . The organisers will also take the opportunity to update you on the initiatives currently being undertaken by HCC to promote and develop Porc from Wales as a brand.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing cmorris@hccmpw.org.uk or phoning the HCC office on 01970 625 050

Forthcoming Workshops in 2015

 22nd February 2015

Basic pig tasks Workshop. A workshop for those who are starting with pigs. Venue: Pleasant View, Cold Blow, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. SA67 8RR. Start at 11.30 and plan to finish at around 3.00p.m. A buffet lunch will be provided. Price £15

e-mail sharron@nicholas80.fsnet.co.uk to book a place.

If you would prefer to attend on Sunday 8th March, please contact Sharron on the e-mail above.

29th March 2015

Showing Pigs Workshop hosted by Wendy Scudamore at Barton Hill Farm, Kentchurch, Hereford. Price £15. Turn up at 10.30am for an 11am start. Bring a packed lunch.  More details to follow shortly. Contact Wendy either by her Facebook page or on wendy@bartonhill.co.uk

Events for November and December 2014

Burry Herd Welsh Pigs Visit, Gower, Swansea
on Thursday 20th November

Visit by Invitation to the Ken Austin’s Burry Herd of Welsh pigs which includes more than 300 Welsh sows.
Burry Dairy Farm, Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea, SA31BE
11.30am till 2.30 pm on Thursday 20th November.
We hope to have Bob Stevenson in attendance
Please contact Barbara on 01495 755557 if you would like to attend.

Please consider your bio security and wear clean clothes and boots, etc. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how a large herd of pigs is managed. Anyone considering moving on from dairy, or enlarging their herd would benefit from this visit.

Numbers limited, so please phone or email (ba.warren@hotmail.co.uk) to secure a place.

on Sunday 23rd November 2014, 11am-3pm at The New Inn, Newbridge-on-Wye

Come to our main annual event
AGM + Sunday Lunch + Special Charcuterie Tasting

£10 / head only
• 2 – Course Lunch and coffee
• Association Annual General Meeting
• ‘Tutored Tasting’ of Trealy Farm produce with prize-winning charcutier James Swift

Booking essential – telephone Sue Howe on 07801 577072
Winter Fair, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
1st and 2nd December 2014

Come and join other Association members at the Winter Fair. Volunteers are always welcome to help in the Association marquee and to help with the Sausage Competition. Please contact Barbara Warren (01495 755557) if you can help; a free ticket for the show will be winging its way to you!

Forthcoming events for your diary (Sept – Nov 2014)

September Sunday 28th 2014 at Talgarth Church Hall, Hay Road, Talgarth
Cost £10 per person
10.30 for 11.00 finish at 3.00 approx.
Buffet lunch is included
The morning session will concentrate on the added value to your pork products, the afternoon will be more of a Q&A regarding legislation and selling.
Contact Sue Howe directly (07801 577072)

November Sunday 2nd 2014 at Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran, NP44 5AJ. Numbers limited & booking is essential – and book early!

Cost £20 per person (lunch available)

This is our last opportunity to hear international pig vet expert and celebrity Bob. He has given us many talks over the years, has high regard for the Association, and has kindly agreed to one more course before he steps down and retires properly.
Bring clean clothes & footwear
Part funded by Farming Connect
Contact Sue Howe directly (07801 577072)


AGM + Sunday Lunch + Special Charcuterie Tasting

on Sunday 23rd November 2014, 11am-3pm

at The New Inn, Newbridge-on-Wye

£10 / head only

  •   2 – Course Lunch and coffee
  •   Association Annual General Meeting
  •   ‘Tutored Tasting’ of Trealy Farm produce with prize-winning Charcutier James Swift

 Booking essential – telephone Sue Howe on 07801 577072

Part funded by Farming Connect

9th February 2014: Veterinary talk at Green Meadow Community Farm

Venue: Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
Bob Stephenson to give a talk about A.I. and Pig Breeding.
Charge £15 per head
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Start session
Lunch 1 to 1.30 in the café(order lunch before)
1.30 -3.30 Afternoon session
3.30 Finish

Contact Barbara Warren to book your place

Forthcoming Workshops (November 2013)

AGM & Pork Marketing workshop, Sunday 10th November 2013, 11am to 3pm, New Inn, Newbridge on Wye

Sue Howe will be running a pork marketing workshop prior to lunch and the AGM on Sunday 10th November 2013.  Please let Andy Zambanini know if you plan to attend (andy.zambanini@btconnect.com).

Salami and Charcuterie workshop,
Sunday 24th November 2013, New Inn, Newbridge on Wye

The Association plans to host a Salami Workshop run by an external expert
(Mark Frederick) on Sunday 24th November.  Cost will be £20 per person payable in advance and spaces are limited to a total of 12 so that you can gain hands on experience.  If you would like more information on
the workshop, please contact Sue Howe directly (sue_howe@hotmail.com;
07801 577072).

Artificial Insemination & Pig Breeding Workshop,

Bob Stevenson as many of you will know is an expert in all maladies, treatments
and interventions related to pigs.  He has very kindly agreed to run a
workshop next Sunday at the New Inn, Newbridge on Wye primarily focusing on
artificial insemination and pig breeding, but he will also be running a general
question and answer session so please bring along your photos, videos and
questions for any pig health related issues.

Cost is £5 for association members payable on the day.  Lunch is also
available at extra cost (approximately £5).  Please confirm your
interest by phoning Barbara Warren on 01495 755557 or e-mail (ba.warren@hotmail.co.uk).

Native Breeds: new service for small producers

A note from Graham Waddington at Native Breeds:

Over the last year we have had a huge number of enquiries from smallholders and pig keepers wanting their pigs cured or processed. Whilst we have been able to fulfil a few orders we have not had the room or logistics to really fulfil a proper private processing service. So we are having a new room built and some expansions made in our unit; and will be able to offer the service attached. If you think this would be of you, we are able to take some orders from mid November but can start full scale in January.

All the best


Ruth & Graham Waddington
NATIVE BREEDS – Curers and charcutiers

Contact us on:
Graham 07960 030509  info@nativebreeds.co.uk


Cilarddu Farm, Maesmynis, Builth Wells

Hywel Price (Tel: 07500 304722) has asked if we can advertise some of his pig equipment available for sale and if not sold before it will be in his farm clearance sale on Wednesday 9 October at 2 pm.   Among other bits and pieces there are numerous troughs and hoppers, automatic pig drinkers, pig weighing machine (not sheep), slapper marker sets, pig rings and variouis tools such as feet trimmers, etc.

See you at the Royal Welsh next week!

At last the weather is like it should be in the Summer!

I can’t believe the Royal Welsh has come round again so quickly; let’s hope the weather stays good.

Help is needed on the stand again, any member wishing to help for a few hours, please contact either Keith Brown, myself or Barbara Warren, and let us know when you can come. You will be sent a ticket to get in the post.

I am planning one of the evenings having a gathering at the tent, possibly
Wednesday, details to be posted on this website.

The Smallholders show was a fantastic success, and congratulations go to all members who won a prize. Barbara then went up to Great Yorkshire to the junior pig of the year.  Thanks goes to everyone who helped, and especially to Barbara who did the gardens. We had a good evening at the New Inn, with Graham as quiz master, and the prizes kindly donated by Andy.

See you at the Show!

Sue Howe