Practical Pigs

  • Pigs in winter

    Pigs in winter

    11th November 2019

    Pig protection pointers Michaela Giles offers some practical hints and tips on how best to help your pigs through the coming winter, and advises keepers to act now! It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the seasons in the UK, but…

  • IT’S SHOW TIME!

    IT’S SHOW TIME!

    11th June 2019

    Agricultural shows provide a great insight into rural life, it is a window into the world of agriculture, a meeting place for many and a platform to show case both tried and tested and new ways of working. No matter…

  • Temperature Control

    Temperature Control

    11th June 2019

    Michaela Giles explains how pigs regulate their body temperature, and the dangers that can arise when they’re unable to do so. Pigs are endotherms (warm-blooded), like all other mammals, meaning that they maintain their body temperature through internal biological processes…

  • Me and My Pigs

    Me and My Pigs

    11th June 2019

    Magic Mangas! Chris Graham travels to beautiful North Yorkshire to meet Lisa Hodgson and her flourishing Otterburn Mangalitzas. We’re all attracted to pig-keeping for different reasons but, for Lisa Hodgson it was a chance encounter with some ‘Lincolnshire Curly Tales’…

  • Poisonous Plants

    Poisonous Plants

    11th June 2019

    Watch what they’re eating! Michaela Giles explains which plants can be harmful to your pigs, and how to recognise the signs when trouble strikes. The two most common poisonings caused by plants that are reported by the Animal and Plant…

  • Educational Oasis

    Educational Oasis

    11th June 2019

    Josh Farrell is the farm manager at the Nightingale Community Academy in Tooting, South London. ‘NCA’ is a state-funded, special needs academy for boys ages between five and 19, who are diagnosed with social, emotional or mental health issues. It…

  • Buying Guide: Berkshire

    Buying Guide: Berkshire

    18th April 2019

    Important buying tips The Berkshire is a relatively hairy breed; it should be black, long, fine and plentiful according to the breed standard. The darkness of the hair is also said to help protect the pig from the effects of…

  • How much water do your pigs need?

    How much water do your pigs need?

    15th April 2019

    Water consumption drives feed intake in pigs. You may, or may not, be surprised to learn, that 85% of growing pigs drink within 10 minutes of eating. Not providing enough good-quality, clean water will not only compromise pig health, but…

  • First time fencing

    First time fencing

    15th April 2019

    Meriel Younger offers a beginner’s guide to securing your first pig pen with an electric fence. Electrical fencing is an easy way to keep pigs contained, but only if it’s implemented and managed properly. One of our jobs at electricfencing.co.uk…

  • Events coming up…

    Events coming up…

    12th April 2019

    MAY  11-12 Nottinghamshire Country Show – newarkshowground.com 12 South Suffolk Show – southsuffolkshow.co.uk 15-18 Balmoral, Co. Antrim – balmoralshow.co.uk 16-18 Devon County Show – devoncountryshow.co.uk 18-19 Royal Welsh Smallholding & Countryside Festival – rwas.wales 25 Heathfield Show – heathfieldshow.org 29-30…