Monthly Archives: November 2016

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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