Fenland micro pig farm owners hit back at TV claims about size of piglets

PUBLISHED: 12:54 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:38 02 June 2010

Breeders of mini pigs at Christchurch
Jane Croft and Chris Baxter with some of their mini pigs.

Breeders of mini pigs at Christchurch Jane Croft and Chris Baxter with some of their mini pigs.

A FENLAND micro pig farm has become embroiled in a scandal about the size of their piglets. Customers of Christchurch s celebrated Little Pig Farm, which sells pint-sized pigs, say they were being palmed off with fully-grown anim

Story by: ANDREW PAPWORTH

A FENLAND micro pig farm has become embroiled in a scandal about the size of their piglets.

Customers of Christchurch's celebrated Little Pig Farm, which sells pint-sized pigs, say they were being palmed off with fully-grown animals.

In a bid to make a mockery of the business, complainants launched a Facebook campaign against the farm and broadcast their allegations on prime time TV.

But breeder Jane Croft has hit back and rubbished the claims, branding them as "nothing short of school yard bullying".

She said there were people "trying everything to discredit our business" and called the comments about the Little Pig Farm "offensive".

Miss Croft, who gave up a £50,000 job to breed Micro Pigs full-time, said: "It's all very upsetting for all of us, especially me.

"It's affecting our business and we don't know where to turn."

Miss Croft set up the farm with her fiancé Chris Baxter last year after the couple met through eBay.

It quickly attracted interest from all corners of the globe as people in the United States, Russia and Spain rushed to buy them as pets.

The miniature animals were much loved for their cute looks and novel size, despite the slightly more sizeable £700 price tag.

However, Miss Croft soon learned that size was everything when it came to people's piglets.

She says she was "duped" by a breeder into buying pigs that went on to become "enormous" once she sold them onto customers.

Miss Croft said she has refunded or exchanged the pigs and that criticism of the business on the BBC's Watchdog programme was "unfair".

She has now called on supporters of Little Pig Farm to make their objections to the cyberspace bullying.

Miss Croft also says she has a legal team handling the situation.


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