I have had pigs twice before, once in 2009 and again in 2011. This year, my neighbour has got 4, one of which is mine. Pigs are social animals, so you have to keep them in groups of 2 or more. It makes sense to keep all 4 together – especially since these are all siblings!
I went up to Calanais to get them this evening. Calanais is famous for it’s standing stones but that’s not why I was there! Here are the piglets, sound asleep in a barn
I was playing football for Ness tonight (yes, I am playing despite my dislocated finger) so I couldn’t leave until after 9. Calanais is 30 miles away, so it was a late one, not arriving back home until 11.30pm. I prefer getting it out of the way now, so I don’t have to use up some of my Saturday – which is going to be busy!
Anyway, here are the piglets feeding, once they’d woken up.
These piglets are Gloucester Old Spots and I’ve been getting them off the same guy since I started with pigs. This is Cudaig Macleod (Cudaig is Gaelic for cuddy, a small fish). He is a crofter and has also just been elected as a councillor to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council). Here is Cudaig carrying one of the pigs out to the trailer. I know it looks a little cruel but this is the best way to hold them – the pigs are totally calm. They tend to scream their heads off if you hold them upright but they don’t even struggle this way. Less stress for all involved.
Here are the piglets in the trailer, with a very very excited Bud looking on.
This is back in Ness at 11.30. The piglets new home.
My brother Innes came to help me once I got back and the pigs are now settled down for the night. Perky (my neighbour who’s taking responsibility for them) is back home in the next few days, so I’ll keep an eye and feed them until them. Fingers crossed they don’t escape!!