Major pork focus planned for Welsh spring festival

Consumers attending next weekend’s spring festival at Llanelwedd in Wales will be invited to explore the innovative quality of Welsh pork at the same time as the country’s pigmeat producers will be given the chance to participate in a series of practical pig husbandry demonstrations.

Both activities are being backed by the Welsh meat promotion organisation, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), who see the two-day event (May 21 & 22) as a prime opportunity to promote the country’s pork while also working with the producers who make the whole industry possible.

“We believe that pork produced in Wales stands out for many reasons; the climate and the landscape, not to mention the expertise and knowledge of the pig farmers,” said HCC’s market development officer, Melanie Hughes.

“The sector is innovative and has a new generation of passionate artisan producers who make award-winning products. We look forward to meeting up with many of these producers who will be showcasing their supreme stock during the festival.”

On the husbandry front, HCC will be working with Farming Connect, the British Pig Association and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, to deliver a number of practical demonstrations. These sessions, which are free, will cover the following topics:

  • How to handle and manage pigs effectively
  • Pedigree Breeding – Why it’s worth it
  • Recognising early signs of deviation from normal health and how to treat and vaccinate your pigs
  • Maximising reproduction in the breeding sow

Sessions will take place in the pig sector of the showground from 10.30-14.00 on both days of the festival.

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