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 (  If you would like to be included on the list please contact the Secretary.

Sausage Competition at Winter Fair, Royal Welsh Showground Monday 26th November 2012

Keith Brown has very kindly organised a sausage competition to take place on Monday 26th November at the RWAS Winter Fair at the RW Showground in Buith Wells.  It’s a great opportunity to get those exciting recipes judged and potentially win a prize to help you promote your products.

Classes for pork and beef sausages as well as pork, lamb and beef burgers, pies and bacon are open for entries on the day (registration 8-9.15am, judging at 9.30am).  More details are posted here Sausage Competition Winter Fair

Please contact Keith as soon as possible to let him know you are coming!

Sausage Making Workshop, AGM and other important events

Sausage Making Workshop, October 14th 2012, midday-3pm at New Inn, Newbridge on Wye

Dave Lang and Sue Howe have very kindly agreed to lead a small workshop which will focus on sausage making as well as delving into the dark arts of black and white pudding making, burgers and bacon.  This will be a great opportunity for all of those Association members who plan to partipate in the sausage competition at the Winter fair to get hands on and learn from some of the best sausage makers in the business!

There are only 12 places available in the workshop (cost £10 each for members payable on the day), so if you would like to come please send Andy an e-mail or call him to book your place (  Lunch can
be purchased separately on the day.

Annual General Meeting, November 11th 2012, from midday at New Inn, Newbridge on Wye

Another important date for your diary.  Not only will we be voting in a new Chairperson to step into Barbara’s shoes, but there will also be new roles for members such as Publicity Officer, Awards Officer and Catering Officer.  Iltud Dunsford will also be speaking over lunch regarding his experiences of pork charcuterie in the United States.  Lunch is part subsidised by the Association and will cost members £5 each with payment on the day. So that we can plan the catering arrangements, please send an e-mail to Andy or give him a call( confirming your attendance and how many people will be coming to lunch.

Annual subscription due on 1st October 2012
Please ensure your annual subscription is paid before or on the 1st October. Standing order forms can be downloaded from the link on our website(, completed and sent to Sue. All those who have paid on time will be entered into a competition with a free subscription as the prize!

Contributions to newsletter
Please forward any contributions, photos, jokes, etc for the forthcoming newsletter to Andy as soon as possible. Same e-mail address as above. Many thanks!

HCC Pig Producer Survey

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is the industry-led organisation responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of Welsh red meat. HCC has commissioned ADAS UK Ltd., to undertake a review of the Welsh pork sector. The review will be led by David Moorhouse, senior consultant and pig industry specialist at ADAS UK Ltd.

The review aims to:
• Establish a clear understanding of the current Welsh pig sector, including routes to market.
• Gather production specific data.
• Inform HCC activity to assist the continued development of the pork sector in Wales.

Achieving these aims will better enable HCC to target activities to the sector and will assist in the development of an application for protected food name status in respect of Welsh Pork.

Please help HCC by completing the survey questionnaire (English and Welsh versions posted below):

Producer Survey – English

Producer Survey – Welsh

Three Counties Show – June 2012

‘Wet wet wet’ and ‘Mud glorious mud’ comes to mind! But what a good show it was for the Welsh contingency of pig breeders, and mostly Association members at that. Many of the Championships came back to Wales, the principle results for Members were:

Berkshire        Male Champion & Reserve Breed Champion – Chris Impey
Reserve Male Champion – Wendy Scudamore
British Lop       Female Champion & Breed Champion – Rachel Nicholas
Kune Kune      Reserve Breed Champion – Wendy Scudamore
Middle White Champion Male – Chris Impey
Oxford S&B    Breed Champion & Female Champion – Rachel Nicholas
Group of 3 – Rachel Nicholas
Tamworth Breed Champion, Male Champion & Reserve Female: Barbara Warren
Group of 3 – Barbara Warren; Female Champion Liz Shankland
Welsh Breed Champion and Female Champion – Chris Jenkins
Reserve Breed Champion – Graham & Mary Jones
Male Champion – Greenmeadow Community Farm
Reserve Male – Graham & Mary Jones

BPA Pig of the Year – there were tickets to the Great Yorkshire Show for the little
Berkshire boar from the Scudamore stable, and Chris Impey’s Middle White.

Spring Festival 2012 photos

To see photos of the Spring Festival click on the link below:

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!