“Milk to a pig is like ice-cream to a kid.”
This is the secret of Kevin Kiley, owner of Noah’s Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, to make his piggies race the track.
Located at the 2017 Moss Vale Show, this year the pigs are helping raise money for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Mr Kiley, also known as The Pig Whisperer, said the races had raised more than $1 million over the past 16 years for various charities.
“We did about 100 shows last year – we just did the Canberra Royal Show and raised about $5000,” he said.
Adding to the fun, spectators can name each pig.
Mr Kiley said some of the best names came from the children.
“We’ve had Donald Grunt, Oprah Swinefree, Tony Abattoir,” he said.
The pigs raised $3500 in 2016 for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Hay Run truck driver Jacob Rofe is also at the show with a trailer full of Burrumbuttock merchandise.
He has just returned from a trip to Muttaburra in Queensland.
“There are cracks in the soil up there that you can lose a motorbike tyre in,” Mr Rofe said.
“The average rainfall up there is 16 inches. Robertson has had 20 inches in the last three weeks.
“Muttaburra itself has had 10 inches in the last five years – this is why we go there.”
The trailer and pig races are at the Moss Vale Show, which is on from March 17 to March 19.
Find the pigs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Noahs-Thoroughbred-Racing-Pigs-362976420459896/.
You can donate to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners at https://www.facebook.com/burrumbuttockhayrunners/.