Emma Cianchi’s parents thought she might ask for a horse for her birthday. Instead, she said that she would quite like some piglets

They were meant to be pets. But a year later, now aged 15, Emma is Britain’s youngest pig farmer. Every morning before school she spends an hour mucking out and feeding her growing herd of rare-breed pigs and does the same after she returns.

Life is getting harder for small farmers but that has not deterred her. After starting with two Berkshire piglets for her 14th birthday, she is now breeding pigs in a field at the back of the family home at Preston-on-Wye, near Hereford. She has 20 rare-breed pigs but sentimentality is restricted to ensuring that their short lives are the nicest possible. Seven have already been dispatched to the abattoir and the meat sold to parents of school friends and even her teachers.

Emma is about to set up her own stall at Monmouth market in Gwent where she will sell sausages, bacon and joints of meat.

Full story from the Times Online

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