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Pig Club comes to Mayfield!

The newest recruits at Mayfield School in East Sussex are a pair of Gloucester Old Spot crossed Boston Red weaners!

The two piglets arrived at the leading Catholic independent girls’ school last week, much to the excitement of the 20 girls from Years 7 and 8 who have signed up to ‘Pig Club’. Amid the squeals of delight at the piglets’ curly tails, and the earnest debate over which names are most suitable, is a more serious message. The aim of the Pig Club is to introduce pupils to ethical food production, from piglets to pork.

The girls will learn basic pig husbandry, with the focus on rearing happy and healthy pigs, as well as – further down the line – the marketing and selling of the meat that is produced.

The project is the brainchild of Mayfield’s Head of Lower School, Paul Christian, who explained “The project hopes to foster environmental awareness and business acumen as well as the need to care for animals responsibly. Under the expert supervision of local farmer, Jonathan Bobbett, the girls will take responsibility for the pigs, and will care for them using a rota. They will learn pig husbandry – from housing, feeding and handling to potential ailments and managing a budget – and at the same time will learn about how modern farming methods have changed to meet today’s demand for cheap food, and will examine the differences between this mass produced pork and ethically produced meat.”

As for the piglets’ names, that is yet to be decided.

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