Tony Schofield of North Oswerby thought his pig producing days were up after losing a valued contract to supply a local butcher but national recognition for 25 years of breeding Welsh pigs and a top title at England’s premier winter farm show last weekend has given him renewed enthusiasm.
Mr Schofield picked up the Champion Pen of Pigs at last weekend’s English Winter Fair, Stafford, with an entry of Welsh crossbred pigs from his North Oswerby farm.
He said: “It comes close on the back of picking up an award from the British Pig Association for 25 years of breeding Welsh (breed) pigs.”
The farm had recently lost a long-standing contract to supply a local butcher with pigs which Mr Schofield was sorry to see go.
But a chance phone call from a specialist Midlands-based producer of quality hams is leading to a new outlet for his pigs.
He added: “They like the Welsh pig as a breed as it gives a lot of flavour and we cross those with a modern breed to get good growth and leanness.”.
With renewed vigour the farm is expanding putting up new rearing sheds to supply some of the nation’s quality-end retailers with specialist hams bred from the farm near Market Rasen.
“What the buyer really likes is we grow alot of the feed our pigs eat; it’s all fully traceable,” he added.
But not all hands will be able to get their mits on Mr Schofield’s prime pigs. Ahead of the game Leeds-based quality meat supplier John Penny Meats purchased Mr Schofield’s winning duo in the English Winter Fair’s auction of champions for £100 apiece.