To see some of the photos from the recent workshop click on the link below. A full report appears in the April Newsletter.
Come and learn some new skills at Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran on Sunday 22nd April! Details are included in the link below:
Photos from the Pig Showing Masterclass are posted here:
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.
For details of the Pig Showing Masterclass (February 2012) and the Introduction to Pig Keeping Workshop (March 2012), please scroll down the posts below.
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 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
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
- 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.
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.