St Thomas Pig Farmers Association working to improve pig rearing

JAMAICA - As part of its mandate to assist pig farmers to expand their pig-rearing businesses, the St. Thomas Pig Farmers Association recently distributed the first sets of piglets to its members at minimal cost.

The piglets were bred and fed and prepared for sale on the farm of Rainford Heslop, one of the custodians for the pigs. The members of the association were pleased with the size and health of the pigs.

Some weighed as much as 39 pounds at seven weeks old. These piglets were the offspring of one of the six gilts imported from Canada and bred using artificial insemination.


The St. Thomas Pig Farmers Association was formed in 2003 by the then Jamaica Agricultural Society parish coordinator Janet Pullen. There are presently 20 members in the association.

The pig farmers group also facilitates training sessions which are conducted by personnel from Newport Mills Limited. The farmers are taught techniques to care for pigs, proper housing and waste disposal practises, medical applications, among others skills.

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