Oaklands Pigs - Sharing our Expertise
Clare & Robin welcome you to the Oaklands Pigs website
Oaklands Farm is a working farm on the Kent/East Sussex Border, near Tunbridge Wells.
We started keeping pigs over 20 years ago, mostly raising weaners for the freezer before starting breeding from our own stock.
We run Pig Keeping courses from March to September.
In early 2005 we replaced our many assorted pigs with new pedigree saddleback breeding stock, the foundation of our saddleback herd today. We have had 8 different bloodlines of Saddleback sows, some of which are now quite rare and 4 boar lines.
Apart from these, we have examples of some of the other traditional pigs, including Old Spots, Large Blacks, Tamworths, Landrace, and Kune Kune. We have also kept Middle Whites, Welsh, Oxford Sandys, Berkshires, Large Whites and Mangalitzas in the past. We have around 20-30 adult breeding stock at any one time.
So between us we have many years of experience of buying, keeping and breeding pigs, and offer friendly advice to those new to pig keeping, or those thinking of moving on to breeding pigs.
Here at the farm we have set up a number of different environments in paddocks, woods, and barns with an assortment of styles of fencing and numerous varieties of arks, so that the newcomer can see all the possibilities and decide which would be best for their own set-up.
Being a small farm, we can take the time to discuss and help you choose your pigs, and give help and advice on setting up and all aspects of pig keeping.
For disease control purposes, we do not hire any boars from this farm, or accept sows for mating.
We are not able to offer any vet student or work experience placements, as there is very little maintenance required for our outdoor herd.
Oaklands Pigs were once again at the SPRING LIVE show at the South of England Showground for the Bank Holiday weekend. Although dry it was quite cold especially on Sunday, but that didn’t stop the visitors coming. In the pen we had Dominic who will be our new breeding boar when he is older and a saddleback gilt Rosie who is 4 months old. They were both very obliging in letting everyone stroke them but not so good when loading them in the trailer to leave, as they went on a small detour around the animal barn – obviously wanting to say goodbye to everyone ! But after some assistance from the cattle and sheep breeders and even the reptile handlers joined in, we managed to corral them into the trailer.
Oaklands Pigs took the prestigious title of National pedigree pig breeder of the year award at a ceremony in London recently. The competition is judged on a number of criteria including breeding statistics, pedigree sales, show awards and importantly how you are promoting pedigree pigs in the wider world. Oaklands Pigs regularly support a number of non competitive shows and fairs where they take pigs and talk to the public, including the schools day in July. With our courses and Perfect pigs book we also get the word out about keeping pigs. We also host days for school young farmers groups, disabled groups and trainee chefs learning the art of pigs from farm to fork. And certainly we put pigs on the map when we appeared in the recent Celebs on the Farm Pig Day.
So we are delighted to receive this award.
Clare is pictured with Guy Kiddy Chairman of the Britsh Pig Association and Andrew Castle the ex number one UK tennis champion who presented the awards.