Pig Races….Currently SHEEP RACING!
Our BRAND NEW RACE TRACK NOW OPEN, however as we won't have any piglets to race until the Easter holidays, we are currently doing sheep races!
Races are daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm - so get down to the track to cheer on your favourite sheep!
Our infamous Pig Races have been featured on both BBC3’s Don’t Tell the Bride in 2014 as well as Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me. They prove a big hit on the television as well as with our guests. They run every day at 11:30am and 2:30pm, and the noise of the bell at the beginning of the race is enough to get them psyched up, it’s always a giggle and the pigs enjoy a quick burst of energy twice a day.
Training the piglets (and sheep!)
The breed of pigs and sheep we use for the races varies from year to year, depending on which litter arrives at which time. The breed of pig we use is usually either Gloucestershire Old Spots, Saddleback, Middle White or Tamworth's, but we have been known to train other breeds too including the Kunekune! The sheep which are currently racing include Norfolk Horns and the Manx Loaghtans!
The piglet and sheep training usually begins when they are between 4 and 12 months old and this is done by a member of the team running with a bucket of food down the race track, rewarding them with the food, before running back to their home, again with a bucket of food and rewarding at the end.
Soon enough, the animals will voluntarily run as they know they will get food at the end of each race; they are only fed small amounts of food as a treat during the races, and get their usual feeds in the morning and evening, so their diet is kept well balanced.
Pig Racing for Events
As previously mentioned, the pig race has been performed for a few TV shows, and whenever we host and event, such as a wedding reception, birthday party, anniversary party or a family reunion, the pig race can be run as a private event, especially for the function.
- Tamworth Pig race with Mark and Alex after their pig race on their wedding day Tamworth Pig race with Mark and Alex after their pig race on their wedding day
- Mark and Alex at the race finish line on their wedding day Mark and Alex at the race finish line on their wedding day
- Saddleback Pig Race Saddleback Pig Race
- KuneKune Pig Race: KuneKune Pig Race: