All posts tagged: pigs

Do you know where your pork comes from?

The question raised in this blog post is something which has always been very important to me. As you may have read in my ‘about’ section, my father was a manager for the Meat and Livestock Commission, set up by the government in the 60’s to promote British meat and to maintain standards within the industry. As you can imagine, our house was stocked with good quality meat and growing up in a tiny rural village in North Yorkshire, I was always aware of what ‘good’ meat should be. But as time has gone on, meat has become cheaper, often without people really questioning how or why. And the reasons are usually pretty horrendous. There has been plenty in the news over the past 10 years about free-range chickens and what ‘free range’ actually means. But what about pigs and other livestock? This is where ‘Farms Not Factories’ steps in. I came across this non-profit organisation a few weeks ago and in that time, their campaign has created a storm! Their aim is to expose the …

A Foodie Day Out At Royal Bath & West Show

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Royal Bath & West Show by Barber’s Cheesemakers. I’m in my element at events like this – I used to love going to the Yorkshire Show when I lived there as a child. As you probably know by now from previous blog posts, my Dad worked in the meat industry and regularly attended events like this, including the Bath & West Show. In a weird way it felt comforting walking around a show where I knew that at some point, he would have walked too. When I heard the people on the loudspeakers calling out the names of livestock for different attractions and judging, I wondered if he had known and worked with them.  The Royal Bath & West Show was absolutely huge, with lots for me to write about, so I’ll be writing a dedicated blog post about my experience with Barber’s Cheese later this week. But for now, I thought I’d write a post to help set the scene. The show takes place …