Wales & Border Counties
Pig Breeders Association
The Association originated from a meeting between a group of farmers and smallholders in 1991, who were concerned at the lack of forum for promoting all pig breeds and the pig industry. The aims and objectives of the Association are to :
encourage new pig keepers and breeders
encourage young people to learn about pigs
provide a self-help group to exchange information
organise workshops e.g. butchery, AI etc.
deliver resources regarding best practices in pig keeping
promote pigs and pigmeat
represent pig breeders nationally
support pig showing at the Royal Welsh and other shows in the Wales and border counties.
We really would like you to join the Association even if you don’t keep pigs! It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and either kickstart your pig experience and/or provide access to a wide network of well established and experienced pig breeders.
So what does the Association do for its members? In recent years it has :
Circulated a regular Newsletter.
Published and publicised a Members Directory.
Promoted and sponsored awards at all the major Welsh Shows.
Helped to establish a pig section at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Organised workshops on showing, tattooing, AI etc.
Arranged training for Basic Food Hygiene certificates.
Lobbied government on abattoirs, cutting facilities, etc.
The Association intends to continue to offer its members practical help and advice, guided by what the membership requires, within its overall aims. In addition, we have found that pig breeders are a gregarious group. Despite the widespread membership, the social side of the Association has been particularly active recently, with the popular annual dinner and other events. The network of pig breeders has grown into a community of friends with a common interest. We do hope that you will decide to join the Association, and benefit from its many activities. Then help to build an even better organisation that will have a voice within the UK pig industry.
If you would like to join us then please contact our membership secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a Facebook Page (@WBCPBA) that we update regularly with news and events. See below for the latest updates:
*please note all events are currently postponed due to the lockdown currently in place due to the COVID-19 virus.
We regularly hold events covering all aspects of pig keeping and have a presence at a number of agricultural events. These are listed below and are available to members and non-members of the Association. Members receive a reduced fee for all the events we run ourselves.
All our members receive a regular newsletter packed with information on pig keeping and interesting articles. It also acts as a member directory, providing access to endless knowledge on all things pig related.
Chairman: Dave Lang
Vice Chairman: Barbara Warren
Treasurer: Timothy Rawdon-Mogg
Membership Secretary:Dee Thurlow, email@example.com
Secretary: Sharron Nicholas
The committee of the Association is comprised as follows: