By DAVID HILL
Showing pigs is a serious business. Thomas Queen, of Omihi, north of Waipara, has joined the latest craze of entering pigs at the New Zealand Agricultural Show.
Young farmers around the country are forming syndicates and buying pigs to fatten and enter in the show, with entries growing from just two pigs a few years ago to top 50 at last week’s show.
The craze began when South Canterbury brothers James and Henry Pearce decided to enter a pig at the Canterbury show a few years ago, coming up against just one other pig, a kune kune, and coming away with the supreme champion pig ribbon.
Thomas says the syndicates enjoys “a good laugh” and wear matching suits, but, make no mistake, it is a serious competition. “We are all here for a laugh, but when it comes to the nitty gritty we all take it pretty seriously.
“It’s like playing rugby with your mates. Everyone wants to win and then you have a beer afterwards.”
He says it is the second time his syndicate has entered a pig, coming second-to-last at last year’s show with a saddle-back pig.
“This year we came back with a vengeance and got a few ribbons, but there’s still plenty to work on. We will be back next year with another pig and a similar structure, but with a few different processes.”