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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.  http://www.freerangepigsireland.com/

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. 

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 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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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

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Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveny Launches IPS Herdbook

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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 Ploughing Championships

Club treasurer Gordon Rowe trying to get a few quid from Enda at the Ploughing

Hi All,

This year  we had a great stand at the ploughing championships with a huge amount of interest. there was a lot of questions put forward and we answered as best we could. The majority based around gaining a herdnumber and where to get pigs slaughtered. We plan in the near future to put together an easy to understand step by step guide to getting pigs and registering with the department of ag (which is free!!). also we are busy putting together lists of butchers, their costs and where they are. For a list of slaughterhouses near you go to  https://www.fsai.ie/uploadedFiles/Food_Business/LA_approved_premises.pdf

Irish Pig Herd Book

The Society is putting together an Irish Pedigree Herd Book for Irish Bred pigs.

This has to be registered with the DAFM and the information for this is being collected this week with the aim of submitting our completed application as soon as possible.

We have a list of breeds which is not exhaustive and we are looking to ensure that our information is as comprehensive as possible to register.

If you would like to share information on breeds then please contact us via e-mail, facebook or twitter, or you can contact the secretary direct on 087 2100310.

Thank you for your support!