Britain's youngest pig farmer, 15 yr old girl
A UK girl who once asked for piglets for her birthday is
believed to have become Britain's youngest pig farmer. The piglets were intended
as pets, but one year on, Emma, now 15 has extended her herd. Every morning
before school she spends an hour mucking out and feeding her growing herd of
rare-breed pigs and does the same after she returns.
After starting with two Berkshire
piglets for her 14th birthday, she is now breeding pigs in a field at the back
of the family home near Hereford. She has 20 rare-breed pigs from which seven
have already been dispatched to the abattoir and the meat sold to parents of
school friends and even her teachers.
One of the original Berkshires
recently produced a litter of six, which have joined a growing herd of old
English breeds including Tamworths, saddlebacks and middle whites. In order to
look after them she has to get up every morning at 6am. Looking after pigs means
Emma has to get her hands dirty, from helping to deliver piglets to packaging
the meat and sausages.Market stall
The next phase is
to set up her own stall at Monmouth market in Gwent where she will sell
sausages, bacon and joints of meat. She said: â€œIt is sad to see them go but on
the other hand I know they have had a good life and by selling pork I'm raising
interest and helping to preserve a rare breed.â€ Click here for the free Pig
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