Garden Pig Keeping Course

Garden Pig Keeping Course


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A One Day Course 



This course introduces you to keeping pigs for either meat or as pets.  Pigs make a fantastic addition to a garden farm;  Aside from the simple pleasures of keeping pigs they also help to clear and improve a patch of land for future planting and will clear your surplus veg and cuttings.   

You will learn how much space you need and what is involved in small scale pig keeping to ensure you go away feeling confident to start keeping pigs yourself in a back garden or smallholding type set up.  We will also discuss the importance of sustainable farming, and of preserving our traditional rare breed pigs.




Course Programme:
1 day, 9.30am - 4.30pm


What To Expect:


1. Introduction to Pigs

You will learn about native British breeds as well as breeds from further afield, their characteristics and qualities both for meat and as pets.

2. Legalities

A step by step guide to getting it right and what you need to do before putting pigs on your land

3. Husbandry and Feeding

Next to the pig paddock you will learn about the needs of the pig, their feeding and what you should expect from your first weaners or pet pigs.

4. Which Pigs are right for you?

We will hold an open discussion on the purpose of your pigs, how much they will cost you and which breed you are looking to keep.

5. Pig Diseases

What to look out for, how to treat and when its time to call the vet.

6. The Final Journey

Next to the pig paddock you will learn what is required to maintain a high level of welfare, reduce stress and make sure your pigs' slaughter is as good as its life as well as the paperwork you will need to present at the abattoir.


An introduction to pig keeping is a basic introduction for people who are interested in keeping pigs either for meat or as pets.

All topics regarding small scale pig keeping will be covered to ensure you leave the course feeling confident to be able to start keeping pigs yourself.

Refreshments will be provided including homemade cake.  Please bring your own packed lunch.

Keeping livestock is not a fair-weather hobby, so please be prepared to go outside even if the elements are unfavorable.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:

Waterproof Wellingtons or boots that you are happy to place in a foot dip and waterproof trousers if you have them. Clothes you are not too precious about as we will be going in with the pigs. A warm weatherproof rain jacket if poor weather is forecast. Bring along a notepad and pen, but course notes for your annotation will be provided. 


Course Tutor:
Ben de Havilland





Ben rears rare breed pigs which provide meat for his street food business, The Heritage Hog, as well as various local restaurants and private customers within East Sussex. Having attained his degree in Livestock Production at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, he decided to follow his passion for rare breeds and start producing quality free-range pork and sausages. Ben also teaches at Plumpton college and speaks at local food festivals where he outlines the merit of regenerative farming and the positive environmental impacts of this type of agriculture.




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