I'm so jealous! [Mental note: When I grow up, I'll have enough land/money/time to have pigs (this is in my dream house along with a flock of geese and a rich husband to pay for it all! :lol: ) ] What breed are they? They're very sweet!
They're Welsh and should get to quite a size and lose the cuteness fairly rapidly. We probably won't be getting any more as I really only wanted them to grub out and turn over what will be the veg plot (cheaper than a rotivator!); come March/April time they'll be off to the butchers and then the chest freezer, but in the meantime will have a very happy free range life.
We had geese last year (Embdens) from goslings, but they got too much for the kids to play safely in the field, and too tempting for the table.
We've got a couple of sheep too, who are likely to be a more semi-permanent fixture as pasture improvers - "Hinge and Bracket" (or Dr Evadne and Dame Hilda to close friends!):
I love pigs! We went to a farm park while we were on holiday (for the kids ahem) and they had miniature pigs, and I got to cuddle a piglet on my lap. It fell asleep, so the girls tease me now about "boaring" it. :groan:
Well 10 weeks have flown by and the piggies have got to a reasonable size - the veg plot has been turned over and composted beautifully: not a weed or any green remains. Much to the horse's disgust, pig 1 and 2 have been brought in to get the worst of the mud off, before the final journey tomorrow. Fingers crossed the chest freezer will be big enough!
Its been great fun bringing them on, teaching them to play football and keeping one step ahead of their escape attempts (they are very clever!). Less fun trying to make sense of the DEFRA paperwork.
Feeling slightly heavy hearted, as they are such soppy, affectionate and intelligent creatures, but they've done their job and I'm assured it will all be done very humanely.