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 now have 6 different bloodlines of Saddleback sows, some of which are now quite rare and 2 boar lines.
Apart from these, we have examples of many of the other traditional pigs, including Old Spots, Large Blacks, Tamworths, Oxford Sandys, Landrace, and Kune Kune. We have also kept Middle Whites, Welsh, Berkshires 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.
It’s that time of year, when the girls go out on the new spring pasture. Here a squadron of 11 saddlebacks seem quite contented in the spring sunshine. All in various states of pregnancy, some of them will soon be returning to the yard to give birth whilst the others have several months before they are due.
We recently had a visit from lovely couple who were pig farming in Switzerland.
Anja & Fabio were farming on a small scale, but using commercial breeds because that is all that is available there, as all the old traditional Swiss breeds have died out.
So they were visiting England to learn about UK rare breeds, with a view to importing some to Switzerland. All the UK native breeds are hardly, and should thrive ion the Swiss environment.
Anja with one of our piglets
Discussing the various breeds
We were able to show them 7 breeds, and discuss the differences between them, to help them make their choice.
Importing to Switzerland is not easy, but they will get help form the British Pig Association, who can put them in touch with the relevant experts.
We look forward to seeing what breeds they eventually choose, and finding out how they get on.