Pig Rearing

If you are thinking of keeping pigs, this day will be invaluable.  We will teach you everything we’ve learned about keeping free-range outdoor reared pigs.  The aim of the course is quite simply to give people confidence in handling pigs and to educate them in successful ways of keeping pigs.

Getting to know the pigs

Getting to know the pigs

It is suitable for complete novices or those wishing to expand their knowledge.  Course numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8 participants so there is ample opportunity to ask questions.  And there most certainly will be the opportunity to get up close and personal with the pigs!

Topics covered will include fencing, farrowing, feeding, housing, and lots more.  At the end of the day, you will go home well prepared to keep your own pigs.

Alfie and Margaret are both qualified trainers.

Pig-rearing class underway
Pig-rearing class underway

Have a read of Matt’s experience here on 12th April 2014.

We can, if you like, do a gift voucher…. this could be a great present for the pig lover in your life :)

And don’t forget we also do B&B, so if you want to make a weekend of it…. just give us a call.

2016 course Dates:

Sunday, 21st February; Saturday, 9th April; Sunday, 22nd May; Sunday, 3rd July; Sunday, 4th September; Saturday, 15th October.

Time:       11 am to 4 pm

Cost:        €70 pp includes lunch

Where:    Here at Oldfarm.



16 Responses to Courses

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  2. pat bobbett says:

    Hi there,

    Please let me know when you are running your next pig rearing course.

    Thank you


  3. Geraldine says:

    Am enquiring as to the next proposed pig rearing course you intend to hold in 2012.


    • Margaret says:

      Hi Geraldine,

      We are currently looking at the schedule for classes, but I think it will be early to mid-March. There is absolutely no fun going feeding pigs in current weather – it is just so so muddy out there! Will keep you posted when we finalise the date.

      Thank you for asking!


  4. Gerry says:

    Are you board bia appvoved.

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Gerard,

      We are still working with Bord Bia (in fact have a meeting tomorrow) to get a ‘free range’ standard implemented. However, if it is courses you are enquiring about… Bord Bia don’t approve those.

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  8. Stuart says:

    Happy Christmas…

    I am interested in your pig course in February, it would be X 2 with an overnight stay…
    Would you have room on the course and in your house?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks Stuart

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  11. patricia buggy says:

    hi, we are seriously considering getting a couple of pigs and i would be very interested in attending your course. it seems to cover everything a couple of novices need to know prior to taking the plunge into pig keeping! can you please let me know the dates for your course along with price. thanks a million, Patricia Buggy

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