Thursday 30 March 2017

A baptism of fire and pig muck keep passion for the Ploughing alive

Peter McDonald from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Peter McDonald from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

There are some things in life you have to learn the hard way. And how to handle an Oxford Sandy and Brown piglet is one of them.

While watching an intense round of the 'Pig Agility' obstacle course at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships, I came to the conclusion that getting a photo with a piglet was a choice idea. "It will be nothing short of adorable," I told Gerald Wrynne of the Irish Pig Society. He looked me up and down. "Have you held a pig before? They don't like being picked up."

I informed him that I hadn't held a pig, but I had held a cat and imagined it was much the same thing.

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