Ever since we moved we have been working towards getting some pigs, this is the only thing we hadn't been able to practice beforehand. We have had the fencing done around the pen for some time, we salvaged an old Belfast sink to use as a trough, and a tyre and bucket to use for water. We rescued and renovated an old pig ark abandoned on the riverbank outside the farm, this saved us a fortune as new ones are over £300.
We bought electric fencing so we could section the paddock off so as to rest and rotate the land, then we waited for our pigs , we waited and waited and eventually came to the realisation that our supplier had let us down. We put out an appeal to smallholding friends and were contacted about some newly born piglets, we went to visit them fell in love and arranged to go back once they were weaned. On Wednesday we made the journey to Grantham to collect them, the loading went without a hitch , and they slept all the way home. Once home they refused to wake up and get out of the trailer , in the end they had to be persuaded out and duly set about exploring their new home.
The bred is Oxford Sandy and Black , also known as the plum pudding pig , they are all boys and will stay with us until January. They are such fascinating creatures and as yet have no names, I was going to name them but realised pretty quickly this was a bad idea . They love apples and we have been foraging the hedgerows for wild ones to supplement their diet, all the veg garden waste we can is going to them too along with their pig nuts (anything to reduce the feed bill). They have gotten to know us quickly and have settled into their new routine easily, pig watching has taken over from chicken and duck watching and they love a good tickle behind the ears. I have to say the pigs arriving has made me feel so content and feel like all our dreams have finally come to fruition. We just love our new life and can't wait to build on our first years progress.