Menter Moch Cymru & Wales YFC Pig Finishing Initiative 2019

Menter Moch Cymru is an initiative that aims to support and develop the pig sector in Wales. Funded by Welsh Government through the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, the project has partnered with the Wales YFC to provide a unique and exciting opportunity for its members to gain hands on experience of pig keeping and a chance of developing a new business venture.
As a stepping stone into the industry, six winners will be selected and provided with 5 weaners each. Mentoring support & training will be provided to develop the skills required to establish and manage this new enterprise. From practical advice on rearing through to business skills such as marketing. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills.
The participants will also take part in a new and exclusive pig class at the RWAS Winter Fair.
 
Pigs can be kept in various management systems. A general-purpose building or a parcel of land that is currently being under-utilised could easily be converted for pig keeping with little capital investment and could provide an alternative income.
 
 
How to enter:
 
Stage 1 - Written Application 
The application window opened on 27th April 2019 at the Wales YFC Field Day, Pembrokeshire. The written application should describe what factors need to be considered when setting up a pig finishing enterprise on your farm. The application form can be found at the bottom of this page.
 
The closing date for written applications is 10:00 on Wednesday 29th May 2019. Entries to be sent to mentermochcymru@menterabusnes.co.uk or Menter Moch Cymru, Unit 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3AH.
 
Stage 2 - Farm visit
Applications will be marked and those short-listed will be contacted in early June to arrange a farm visit (Stage 2). The judges will visit the shortlisted applicants between the 17th and 28th June. Those shortlisted will have an opportunity to discuss the elements of their application in more detail and demonstrate that their site is suitable for rearing pigs.
 
Based on the results from Stage 1 & 2, the highest scoring 6 applicants will be selected to take part in the 2019 Menter Moch Cymru & Wales YFC Pig Finishing Imitative. The public announcement will take place at the RWAS Royal Welsh Show on the 23rd July 2019.
 
The Prize

Each participant will receive 5 piglets of their chosen breed. In addition to mentoring and a comprehensive training package. Attendance at the training sessions is compulsory and a prerequisite to receiving the piglets.
 
The initiative will conclude with the participants taking part in a new, exclusive pig class at the RWAS Winter Fair where they will exhibit one of the pigs supplied and compete against the others for the title of best finished pig. Participants will have the opportunity to sell their exhibiting pig during the RWAS livestock auction during the event.
 
Provisional timetable of events
 
Date
Activity
Location
27th April 2019
Competition launched
YFC Field Day, Pembrokeshire
29th May 2019
Closing date for written applications – 10:00
 
17th – 28th June 2019
Short-listed farms visited by judges
 
23rd July 2019
Winners announced
RWAS Royal Welsh Show
25th July 2019 (am)
Training in pig handling and show preparation
RWAS Royal Welsh Show
August 2019
Introduction to pig keeping - Training in pig husbandry and the current legislation for pig keepers
Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Glynllifon
August/September 2019
An opportunity to visit an additional pig farm to view how a commercial business operates
tbc
August/September 2019
Pigs delivered on farm
 
W/c 28th October
Marketing training with help to develop a strategy for selling the finished pigs
 
Aberystwyth (tbc)
25–26th Nov 2019
Exclusive Menter Moch Cymru & Wales YFC Live Pig Class
RWAS Winter Fair
26th Nov2019
Exhibited pigs to be auctioned
RWAS Winter Fair
 
 
 
 
 
Who can take part?
The following criteria must be met in order to participate in the scheme:
  • All competitors must be 16 - 26 years of age on 1st September 2018.
  • Competitors must be full members of a YFC Club based in Wales and affiliated to either Wales YFC or NFYFC. 
  • The YFC member must live on a holding that is registered in Wales and on which the pigs will be reared
  • The YFC member will be the main contact and will be responsible for participating in the development programme & rearing the pigs
  • Applicants must be new to pig keeping. The individual must not have taken part in a commercial pig enterprise previously.
 
Terms & Conditions
  • Closing date for entries is the 29th May 2019.
  • Entries will be considered by a panel of judges who will draw up a shortlist. Those shortlisted will be visited during the 17th – 29th June 2019 where they will be asked to demonstrate that the facilities are suited to the business plan they submitted.
  • The prize will be five weaned piglets for each of the highest scoring six entrants.
  • Each winner will receive ongoing mentoring and support from MMC development officers
  • The successful applicants will be responsible for rearing the pigs to industry standards (e.g. ensuring health and welfare requirements are met). Guidance on this will be provided.
  • The winners will receive the funds raised through the subsequent sale of the finished pigs
  • The purpose of the initiative is to provide the participants with an opportunity of developing a commercial pig herd and their own business venture. Therefore, the finished pigs cannot be kept for their own domestic consumption.
  • The six winning competitors will be required to record the progress of the piglets and submit information on weight gain, health and feed intake along with photographs to their MMC mentor on a monthly basis.
  • In addition to the set compulsory training programme all participants will be invited to attend Menter Moch Cymru’s open meetings and training sessions.
  • Menter Moch Cymru reserve the right to visit the pigs at any point throughout the competition and take appropriate action where required.
  • Participants must consent to being included in PR activity for the initiative
 
For further details please email mentermochcymru@menterabusnes.co.uk or phone 07397 068739.