Locavore Write-up

June 1, 2012
Follow the link to a write-up about us in the latest Locavore edition.
http://www.locavored.com/penddraig-parc/
 

Earth Fest in Sale 2012

February 28, 2012
On Saturday 24th March, I will be at the "Sustainable Living Festival" being held in Sale, giving a workshop on the pros & cons of raising Wessex Saddleback Pigs in a sustainable manner. I will have some of our pigs on display & to help out with the workshop. The workshop is being held jointly with Slow Food East Gippsland (Robyn Aitkens) will be the initial speaker, explaining the concept of SlowFood, where & what is available locally here in Gippsland. Then I will give a bit of a talk about raising pigs (free-range) in a sustainable manner, especially for the small/mixed farm. We will presenting the workshop from 11.30am - 12.00 (extra time if folks want).

http://earthfest.blogspot.com.au/



 

Foster Show Success

February 26, 2012
We were very surprised again by the amount of interest in pigs whenever we attend an Ag Show.
Everybody wanted to have their photo taken with the Wessex Saddleback piglets.
We took some piglets, & Richard from Seabreeze Farm brought along a 12 month old young boar, who won many hearts as he is such a  well behaved boy.
Another farmer brought along a Berkshire, Landrace, Large White, Large Black, Tamworth & Duroc.
The public got to see an example of nearly every breed available in Australia, 7 out of the 8 breeds, not bad going for a small country Show.
So I think we will attend the Foster Show next year.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
 

Foster Show

January 31, 2012
We will have our Wessex Saddleback Pigs on exhibit at the Foster Agricultural Show in Gippsland on Saturday 25th Februaury 2012.
This will be another first as Pigs haven't been at Foster Show for approx 25 years.
Its really encouraging to see that the Agricultural Shows are keen to have Pigs back on display at the Shows.
Also it's such a great opportunity for the public to meet a Rare Breed Pig up close & give them a good pat & scratch.

 

ALFRED to TASMANIA

December 8, 2011
Our first registered ALFRED boar piglet will be going to a new breeder in Tasmania later this month.
 

ALFRED

December 8, 2011
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Boar Bloodline named ALFRED.
The Alfred bloodline originated from my very first "pet pig" Gladys.
Gladys was unregistered, so we added her to the Appendix Register & now after many generations we have a new male bloodline. The different boar bloodlines used in the creation of Alfred were Pilot, Dominator & Satellite, all mated to Gladys females.
 

Sale & District Show Update

December 8, 2011
The first Pig Showing & Judging at the Sale & District Agricultural Show was a great success.
With over 20 pigs there to be judged. Breeds represented were - Wessex Saddleback, Tamworth, Berkshire & Large Black.
Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day (pigs included). The public were terrific, the amount of people that came through the Pig Pavilion was amazing. The Show Committee, were so impressed that they have already booked it again for next year, so with a bit of luck this will now become a permanent event in the Pig Calendar.
Also we had Jeff & Marie from Gippsland Pasturefed Meat outside the Pig Pavilion selling cooked "Rare Breeds Sausages". So the public had the benefit of seeing the pigs & then sampling the unique taste they all have.
A big thank-you to all the breeders that put so much effort into getting their pigs to the Show & presenting them so well.
Also thank-you to the Michael Kirk-Williams who travelled from the Mornington Peninslar to be our Pig Judge for the day.
Lastly a huge thanks to the Sale & District Show Committee, for all the support & the wonderful Pavilion they provided.
Oops also one last thank-you to the "anonymous dairy farmer fom Yarram" that mad ethe trophies, they looked great & were greatly appreciated by all.

 

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Sale Agricultural Show 2011

July 30, 2011
This year the Sale & district Agricultural Show have decided to add Pig Showing & Judging as one of the events at the Show. It is well over 50 years since pigs have been shown & judged. Last year we were the first to Display pigs for 50 years, so its a step in the right direction. Naturally we will be entering some of our Wessex Saddlebacks & I know some other breeders are keen to enter theirs as well. So with some luck we will be able to make it an annual event on our calendar. Gippsland Pasturefed Meats will be there supporting the pigs as well as selling cooked Wessex Saddleback Sausages.

 

Ark of Taste

July 30, 2011
This year the SlowFood Organisation in Australia has added the WESSEX SADDLEBACK to its Australian Ark of Taste. It has taken approx 5 years to achieve. So it's another "feather in our breeds cap" as being recognised by this International Organisation as something "Unique, Rare & Tasty" as well as something well worth preserving. And being unique to Australia!!
 

About Me


A little background info - I am a Welsh speaking (albeit a bit rusty nowadays) Welshman from South Wales (UK) . I am a bit of a history buff, having always been interested in history. I see the Wessex Saddlebacks as "living history". But as fond as I am of the Wessex Saddleback's I don't believe in preserving anything that isn't "worthwhile". And the Wessex Saddleback Pigs are more then worthwhile, they are an ideal pig for smallholders & ideal for the Australian climate. On my farm I also run a small herd of Welsh Black Cattle, Wiltshire Horn Sheep as well as a small flock of Silver Grey Dorking chooks. They keep us self-sustaining in all meat products. The only breeds of animals at Penddraig Parc are "Ancient British Breeds of Livestock".
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