Novice & intermediate pig-keeping courses

One-day & half-day pig-keeping and handling courses

"Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand"       

Reserve your preferred date via email ( or or the Contact Us form on the front page. 

E-Gift Vouchers are available for any occasion & sent via email for you to print.

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We also host Corporate Days  by private arrangement - give us a call or drop us an email.

Novice one-day course dates 2019 / 2020


20th October 2019 - Fully Booked

10th November 2019 - 4 places 


1st March - 4 places

11th April (sat) - 8 places

3rd May - 8 places

21st June - 8 places

Novice course details

 "Never expect success, but always prepare for it"  

This friendly, very hands-on course is designed for people who are starting out with pigs, want some hands-on experience of pigs, are considering keeping pigs, or for the novice pig-keeper. 

This course is approx. 50:50 theory and directly hands-on with pigs of different ages and breeds. It also includes a chance to try stick & boarding pigs.

This is a specialist pig course, so if you only want to 'play' with pigs, you may find the level of instruction beyond your requirements. We will show you how to set up your facilities, whether it is for a couple of fattening weaners or a full registered breeding herd. Only by experiencing pigs up-close and personal can you decide if they are for you or not. On our one-day course the focus is very much 'hands-on'; we don't just go into pen after pen and scratch a few pigs – we promote true interaction with our pigs, including a chance to try stick & boarding in an open field.

Emphasis is on the 'hands-on' wherever possible, to maximise your experience   

What does the course include and what does it cost?

The course runs from 9.30am until 5pm and is restricted to a maximum of 8 people, so everyone gets hands-on experience and there is plenty of time for questions or to go over an area again if required. 

The cost of the novice course is £99 per person or £95 per person for two or more sharing a colour course manual to keep. Complimentary refreshments including a rare breed pedigree pork lunch or veggie option. In fact, all you need to bring is a coat and clean wellies.  

We truly believe that you will save the cost of your pig course with us many times over, by getting it right the first time, and not making rookie mistakes.    

You will get as much support via email or telephone as you require, both before and after you start  keeping pigs – it is a part of your course with us... not an extra!      

A £10 discount voucher will also be given to each delegate to attend the half-day handling course.        

Need to know more?

Feel free to drop us an email or call Michaela to discuss whether our course is what you are looking for.

With regards to minors – some children can be very mature at 12 years old, and others not so much. Please bear this in mind if you want to book children on the course.

In all cases children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult also attending the course.


"Thank you so much for Sunday. I feel exceptionally well prepared for the arrival of our porkers, and am so grateful to you for such a comprehensive and helpful course. We dined like Lords too! I have written about it on my blog. I will be sure to pass on your details to all who enquire!" Liv, 2016  

"Just wanted to say thank you, and tell you how much we enjoyed the course yesterday. It was a fantastic day and we felt we learnt lots!" Jane and Perry, 2016  

"Thank you both for a really interesting and enjoyable day on the farm. Your pigs are stunning. The day course was really good value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who may be interested in pig keeping." Ricky  

"Great day at the rare breed pig-keeping course @TedfoldPigs. All I need is a farm now!  Regula & Bruno (Belgium) via Twitter  

"Many thanks from Ann, Wendy and Sandra for an extremely interesting day, amazing hospitality and for all the information imparted. Sandra feels that she will be able to accept that her 'babies' will finally end up as roast pork, but will give them the best possible life, so we will be in touch when we have organised fencing, arcs etc. We both think it is better to start small and work up as beginners. Many thanks again for a very enjoyable Sunday despite the dire weather." Ann