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Sunday 23rd January 10am - 4pm Introduction to Pig Keeping

with Ian & Maggie Todd
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, Annual Inventory / Cross Compliance, slaughter/abattoirs.

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

Summary: Last questions
Price: £85
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks and biscuits. Summary handouts & leaflets to take away
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notepad and pen, camera!
Venue: Northleigh, near Honiton EX24 6BU
This is a DASH course, to book please email

Chainsaw training will not be available through DASH as the occasional user course that we ran in the past is no longer certified by NPTC.