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A piggy farm found its market during lockdown

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 11:28am

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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A piggy farm found its market during lockdown

Ellie says hello to one of the rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. Photo: Ray Ryan

A piggy farm found its market during lockdown

Ellie says hello to one of the rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. Photo: Ray Ryan

FROM climbing mountains in the Scottish Highlands to spending the night with a sow in labour, the journey of two outdoor instructors who have become organic pig farmers in North Galway during lockdown certainly hasn’t been straightforward.

While hopping over the fence, being followed by an unusual rough red-haired trio of pigs, Kieran Roseblade from Liverpool admits his life was as far removed from farming and country living as can be imagined. His wife Catherine, who enjoyed summer visits to the farmhouse where her grandfather was born, was equally a newcomer to agricultural matters. What they both have experience of and a great love for is being outdoors and not being afraid to get their hands dirty.

Their small organic pig and chicken farm has moved from a “one day maybe” idea to a reality and has been largely driven by circumstances during the pandemic lockdown.

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