Introduction to Pig Keeping

with Ian & Maggie Todd (DASH member)
This course runs several times a year. Email to be put on the waiting list if interested and no date is currently set.
Price: £85 (£65 for your first DASH course booked in 2024 if you are a member)
Venue: Smallicombe Farm Northleigh, Colyton, near Honiton EX24 6BUDirections
Time: 10am - 4pm
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks and biscuits.
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notepad and pen, camera!

This course is for anyone with an interest in keeping pigs who wants to know how to get started - either with your first few animals or before you buy. Opportunity for plenty of questions.

The course will cover the following:

Choosing the right pigs for you: Breed, pedigree or not, age, size, land capacity; Buying stock - private, market, contact breed societies etc. What to look for when buying / what to avoid. Are you intending to rear for meat or breed?

Managing the land/adapting buildings for pigs: Fencing, Housing / shelters, Handling facilities / equipment / set up, Caring for your pigs, Routine / common husbandry tasks, Feeding, possible problems…

Regulations: What you need to know or have - Holding number/CPH, Herd number, Ear tagging, movement licences, Transport certificate / transport regulations, Standstill periods, Movement / medicine books, Public liability insurance, fallen stock, slaughter/abattoirs.

Meet the pigs (practical session): Equipment, Signs of good / poor health, Worming, Ear tagging, Injecting, loading.

Ticket sales for this course are managed by DASH, to book please email