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Pig out at Cogges Manor Farm

Visitors to Oxfordshire County Council’s Cogges Manor Farm are being invited to pig out at the annual Pig Pampering weekend at on 14 and 15 June.

Three pigs live on the farm: two Gloucester Old Spots called Rodney and Countess and Damson, an Oxfordshire Sandy Black sow.

Rodney and Countess recently became the proud parents of four young piglets.

Pork-themed activities
Over Saturday and Sunday 14-15 June there will be plenty of porky activities at Cogges, a working Victorian farm in West Oxfordshire.

This will include:

pig racing - visitors may be surprised by their speed
oiling / watering the pigs - their skin is sensitive to the sun
guess the weight of the piglet
pin the tail on the pig
brawn making (jellied pig’s head).

Ladies in pigs
On Sunday the British pork promotion group known as Ladies in Pigs will be at the farm to give cookery demonstrations and talk about pork.

Visitors will also be able to watch sausage-making demonstrations, which will then be cooked on the range and will be available for visitors to taste.

This is in addition to all the regular activities on this working farm museum, including animal handling from 11am to midday, pig feeding at 12.15pm and hand milking at 12.30pm and 4pm.

Victorian Hall music night
Cogges will be hosting its first ever Music Weekend on 28 and 29 June and in addition to performances throughout the day the farm will be open in the evenings for a Victorian Music Hall night on the Saturday and barn dance on the Sunday.

Councillor Jim Couchman, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social and Community Services, said: “Visitor numbers are up 50 per cent at Cogges Manor Farm this year, and it is due to the interesting activities on offer.

“I am sure the pig pampering weekend will be a great success.”

Source: Oxfordshire County Council

Posted : 02/06/2008 15:30:50

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