Pig keeping Courses

Keeping rare breed, free-range pigs can be incredibly rewarding. But while it is rewarding to see them outside enjoying rooting and wallows, knowing that you are keeping rare breeds alive, and enjoying the wonderful taste of traditionally bred pork – rushing into pig ownership without understanding what you are taking on is a recipe for disaster!

We offer a one day beginners pig keeping course.  The course covers :-

  • Breeds – which pig is best for you?
  • Pig Housing.
  • Feeding.
  • Land Management
  • Fencing
  • Practicalities of Pig Keeping
  • What equipment do I need?
  • Moving pigs, loading and tagging.
  • Where do I buy stock from, what to buy, how much should I pay ?
  • What are the Irish regulations I need to follow?
  • How easy is it to breed and what’s involved ?
  • Pig health ?
  • Slaughter and butchering ?
  • What meat do I get, how much, what can I do with it?
  • Costs?

The day will be a mixture of outdoor and indoor sessions.

Course fee €80 (€150 for 2 places), includes refreshments, lunch and, course booklet!  Course runs from 11am until 4pm. Deirdre is a fully qualified (QQI/FETEC Level 6 with Professional Development) course designer and trainer.

Our 2017 Courses are as follows:

June 3rd

July 15th

August 19th

October 7th
Our courses also make great presents.  If you would like to buy someone a voucher for a special occasion or just treat yourself!

If your need more information, please contact us inaghfreerangefarm@gmail.com or phone +353831472517



Right from the start Dierdre and Gerard were very friendly, hospitable and passionate about their pigs. We had a great day learning everything that is needed to know about pigkeeping in our new venture. They were very clear about all the information given , from filling in the herdnumber application form to, quantities of food to provide to appropriate fencing needed. As there was so much information provided on the day we were also given literature to read for future referance. we had plenty of practical hands on experience too. It was great to see all the pigs in their natural enviroment with all the space. The work that Gerard and Dierdre are doing with the rare breeds can only inspire others to do more themselves. The meals provided were from their own stock and my wife and i can only say that we have never tasted sausages or pork joint as tasty in our lives. The day went so quick and we didn’t want to go home, to say that Dierdre and Gererd are a very knowledgeable, dedicated and inspiring couple is a understatement. We would recommend this course to anyone who are thinking of keeping pigs. Thank you for a really enjoyable day and as soon as we get our hernumber we will be in touch.