Pig workshop launched

A workshop for local small-scale pig producers is taking place next week in Preston offering advice on putting together a farm health plan.

A farm health plan contains the tools and information to help protect pigs against disease. It involves setting targets for the animals' health and welfare, and taking steps to measure, manage and monitor their productivity.

The workshop will be run by the British Pig Association, supported by Defra. It is open to all small-scale or hobby pig farmers in Lancashire who have an English County Parish Holding Number (CPH).

Bob Stevenson, a former president of the Pig Veterinary Society who is running a series of these workshops around the country, said:

"The best way to protect the welfare of your pigs is to ensure that they are healthy. Healthy pigs are happy pigs. We hope that lots of local pig farmers will take the opportunity to come along to this workshop and see the benefits for themselves."

The workshop is taking place at the Tickled Trout Hotel, next to Junction 31 of the M6 near Preston, on Monday, 5 December. There is a charge of £15 per person and places are limited to 50 per session.

To book a place contact the British Pig Association at http://www.britishpigs.org or 01223 845100.