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 25 years ago, mostly raising weaners for the freezer before starting breeding from our own stock.
We are not currently running any pig keeping courses.
In early 2005 we replaced our many assorted pigs with new pedigree saddleback breeding stock, the foundation of our saddleback herd today.
Apart from these, we have examples of some of the other traditional pigs, including Tamworths and Kune Kune. We have also kept Middle Whites, Welsh, Oxford Sandys, Berkshires, Large Whites, Old Spots, Landrace, Large Blacks and Mangalitzas in the past. We have recently reduced the number of animals at the farm and now have around a dozen adult breeding stock.
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 there is always something going on at the farm.
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.
We were very busy at the South of England show, and needed two trailer loads of pigs to get them all there. These included a saddleback sow and her 6 week old piglets, a couple of Mangalitzas (to celebrate the “Year of the Sheep” at the show) and a variety of ages of show pigs including Saddlebacks, Large Blacks, Old Spots and Landrace.
We were delighted that GRETA won Champion Old Spot and BERTHA who won the Heathfield show, took Reserve Champion Saddleback. We also won the Best Livestock Exhibitors display for all the piggy facts that we pinned up around our pens.
Well Bertha the Saddleback took Best in Show at Heathfield on Saturday and little Beryl went one better by beating her at the Surrey County show and taking the Reserve Champion Slot.
Beryl is our Saddleback that was born at the end of January, so she is only 4 months old. Beryl also took first prize in the “pig most like it’s owner” with a little help from Sister Clare.