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Black Orchard is now running two different smallholding courses:

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This 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.

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This course will take you through what to consider when choosing your smallholding, things to look out for when viewing, the legalities of owning land and livestock, everything you need to consider when choosing your animals, plus ways of making a small income from your holding.

If you want to move to a smallholding in Wales and get livestock, then this is the course for you.

On both courses morning is spent in the classroom (one of our barns), then the afternoon is spent on various practical activities; you can do as much or as little as you fancy. The courses include elevenses, a delicious lunch made with our own pork, cake for tea, tea or coffee throughout the day, and a professionally printed, comprehensive, illustrated course handbook.


The courses, excluding the two day Pig, Poo & Porkers Experience, are £99 per person or £170 per couple*, with places limited to four individuals or three couples.

The courses run from 1000 to around 1600

Custom courses are also available on a date to suit you, at £200 per couple - we will tailor the course to cover exactly what you want to know.


Dates and further details of each course can be found on the relevant course pages

Please see our Terms and Conditions here


* For the purposes of the course a couple is defined as two people either from the same household or who will be keeping pigs or animals together under one CPH.

Feedback for Black Orchard Courses

"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."

"I was lucky enough to come along to the course yesterday. An excellent course delivered in such a relaxed, yet informative way, it is clear you love and care for your pigs, this shines through as does your enthusiasm for the breed.

As for the sausages and pork bap you served us as part of the course - divine!

I heartily recommend the course to anyone considering getting pigs."

"Loved the course, learnt a lot and feel more prepared for the pig keeping journey. Thank you."

"Outstanding course from start to finish. Very informative without being boring. Sue and Stephen’s passion is infectious and along with the simple itinerary made the day absolutely marvelous."