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Open Day 2016 – Piggywiggys Farm Co. Kildare

On the 15th of November 2016 we had a very successful Open Day at Piggywiggys farm in Co. Kildare.

A wonderful day was had by all – it started with a meet and greet by Michael, Therese & Family.  Michael & Therese breed pedigree Kune Kunes and Tamworths. 

 We had a wonderful farm walk and saw beautiful piglets, rare bloodline boars and gilts and also had the opportunity to see how Michael grows fodder for his animals and a variety of different housing types.   20161113_113903
We were lucky to have the wonderful Pat Kirwan (Vet) give us a talk on Pig Care, followed by a butchery demonstration by Dermot Coogan.  


Ploughing Championships 2016

We had an absolutely fantastic three days at the ploughing this year, we built on the successes of the 2015 show, continuing to display all our rare breeds.

We also introduced a pig agility course with the help of our colleagues in the UK, Chris Impey & Wendy Scudamore.  The pig agility course attracted lots of attention from both the general public and the media.  


Sean Defoe (Senior reporter for Newstalk) said:

“The are racing pigs. With hurdles and a ring of fire. We’ve reached peak ” (click here for video)

All Ireland Finals – Tullamore 2016

On the 14th of August 2016 the All Ireland Finals were held at the Tullamore Show – Grand prize was the Brian Merry Perpetual Trophy.  We had a great day and many visitors to our stands.  Our Judge for the day is Brian Merry. 


Prizes were as follows: 

Pedigree Boar

  • 1st Bill Fisher of Cremorgan Pedigree Pigs with a Duroc
  • 2nd Gerard Rynne of Inagh Free Range Farm with a Large Black
  • 3rd Dermot Allen of Winetavern farm with an Oxford Sandy & Black

Pedigree Sow 

  • 1st Paraic Kenny with a Welsh
  • 2nd Dermot Allen of Winetavern farm with an Oxford Sandy & Black
  • 3rd Michael Duffey of Piggywiggys with a Tamworth

Pedigree Gilt

  • 1st Dermot Allen of Winetavern farm with an Oxford Sandy & Black
  • 2nd Michael Duffey of Piggywiggys with a Berkshire
  • 3rd Ivan Belton of Blackditch Pigs with a Landrace

Non Pedigree Boar

  • 1st Paraic Kenny with a Welsh

Non Pedigree Sow

  • 1st Michael Duffey of Piggywiggys with a Glochester Old Spot X

Non Pedigree Gilt

  • 1st Paraic Kenny with a Welsh
  • 2nd Ivan Belton of Blackditch Pigs with a Landrace
  • 3rd Dermot Allen of Winetavern farm with an Oxford Sandy & Black

Butchers Pig

  • 1st Paraic Kenny with a Welsh

Young Handler 

  • Joint 1st Place between Niamh Duffey & Aidan O’Donnell

Overall Champion Dermot Allen with an Oxford Sandy & Black

Reserve Champion  Paraic Kenny with a Welsh


Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveny Launches IPS Herdbook

11405534_381101988761770_8726713096907162954_oThursday, 18th June at 12.30 in the Dodder Room, RDS, Ballsbridge
We had a great day at the RDS launching the herdbook. Thank you all members who made it and to the Minister for all his time.
The Herd book was officially launched by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, who has heaped praise on the society and their efforts in developing the herdbook:
“I am delighted to be attending the Launch of the Irish Pig Society Herdbook, which has been part financed by the Department of Agriculture. It is both historic and momentous for Ireland to be able to preserve, conserve, maintain and develop the genetic security of rare breed pedigree pigs, which previously was unavailable in this country. The Irish Pig Society Committee should be commended for their hard work in achieving so much, since their establishment in 2014, for Irish Pigs and the people who care for them.”

The PIG Show 2014

The first Pig Show was a great success. Many thanks to all who supported it.  Especially our hosts Tom and Gesa Cosby, Special guests Ella McSweeny and Ed Hick, and the many people who traveled from far and wide to support it. A full show report is on the way but here are a few photos of the event.

The Pig Show!

Here are some details on classes and ticket prices for the Pig show. We had a good site visit there last week and it is going to be a great venue.

Pig Classes for the Irish Pig Society Show

Minimum entry of 5 pigs per class is required to run the class or classes will be combined with another class – notification will be given as soon as information regarding each class is available.

Entry requirements:

Proof of ownership of animal

Proof and supporting documentation of Registered Herd Number – Z prefix.

Payment before class/ show – no payment no entry

Whites Coloured and Hybrids will be judged separately in the following classes
Sow of any age, Gilt – born after 1/9/2013, Boar – born after 1/9/2013, Best white/coloured/hybrid  Pig in Show

There will be an overall prize for the best pig in show and the best young handler.

Entry Fees

Whilst the Irish Pig Society Ltd would like to make this event as available for as many as possible to attend by making it as cost friendly as we can – however we have significant overheads from the show.

Therefore minimum fees are required from entrants and exhibitors.

€5.00 per pen to cover disinfectants and bedding. Please see ‘Requirements’ page for items you will need to bring for the show. We recommend no more than 2 pigs per pen.

We look forward to meeting you and your pigs on the day – the Committee.