Have you always fancied having a couple of weaners in order to produce your own delicious pork?  Let Black Orchard take you through everything you need to know from the day you make the decision to buy weaners to the day you tuck into your own delicious, home-produced meat.

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In the last two years Stephen and Sue of Black Orchard Large Blacks have established a successful pork and pig breeding business.  They are experienced enough to have a wealth of knowledge, but new enough to remember the mistakes they made when setting up, and the things they wish someone had told them before they started.  

They love to share this knowledge and experience to help aspiring pig owners.

The day long course not only takes you through the legalities of owning pigs and everything you need to think about and do before they arrive and once you collect them, but also explains the process of choosing an abattoir, what to expect on the day you take your pigs off, and selling and marketing your delicious pork afterwards.

If you want to raise weaners for meat and don't know where to start, this course is for you, and we hope you will find it pays for itself in increased sales.


The morning is spent in the classroom (aka the haybarn), then in the afternoon there is the chance to spend lots of time with our gorgeous Large Blacks, helping with regular tasks such as tagging, moving piglets and strawing down arks.  You can do as much or as little as you fancy.

The course includes elevenses, a delicious lunch made with our own pork, cake for tea, tea or coffee throughout the day, a comprehensive course handbook, membership of a private Facebook Group, and lifetime support following the course - if you have any queries or problems, we will be there for you.

All this for £99 per person or £170 per couple, maximum of four people.

The course runs from 1000 - around 1600


"Thank you so much for a fantastic day and a hands on experience!! Loved every second of a very informative day and the pigs are soooooo cute!"

"What a brilliant day !!! Great course, great company, great people, great pigs, great food and great instruction."


The courses will resume in February / March 2022; please get in touch if you would like to be notified when the dates are published.

To book, please contact us at info@black-orchard.co.uk

Please note, this course will run whatever the weather, other than in the event of a severe weather warning, so dress appropriately (wellies are recommended).  You might want to bring a change of clothes in case of rain / mud / piggy smells.

After the course there will be the opportunity to purchase some pig-keeping essentials such as herd books and weigh tapes, and, if you wish, pork from our freezer.

Please see our Terms and Conditions here

All course attendees will receive a discount on any weaners subsequently bought from us

(see Weaner Sales page for details)

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