I first got pigs in spring 2009. I’d been talking about it for a while but did nothing about it, until my dad spoke to a guy who had some piglets and the rest, as they say, is history.
I learnt some lessons with the first piglets I got, namely not to give them names and not to get too attached! They are brilliant animals, lively, interactive and friendly. The first ones I had were named Bubbles & Jim Lahey. All was good until it came to slaughter time, I had to leave the trip to the slaughter house to my dad, I couldn’t be involved at all. However, due to a problem with the slaughter house band-saw, I had to saw Bubbles’ head off once the carcasses came home!
I didn’t get any pigs in 2010 but I got them again in 2011, 4 this time. 2 for me, one for my neighbour and one for my cousin. Here they are when they arrived. I had to choose the 4 that would be on my croft, for the next 6 months.
They spent the first few days in the shed that would be their home/shelter, until they acclimatised
and they settled pretty quickly!
They were soon having lots of fun outside…
running around the field
They soon grew up to be pretty big….
and ended up looking like this!
The sausages were absolutely phenomenal. I guarantee you can’t get better elsewhere!
So that was goodbye to the Gloucester Old Spots and I thought that would be that for a while, but less than a month later, with the pigs’ bed barely cold, some Kune-Kune’s arrived! This picture was taken in my parent’s kitchen (and I think this is the first time I appear on my own blog!)
These are much smaller than the G.O.S. and will take about a year to mature. Very cute, though
The only problem with their size is that they always escape! This is them in with the rams!
These pigs will go to slaughter sometime in the autumn but I expect to have plenty more pictures/adventures between now and then – and there are also more Gloucester Old Spot piglets arriving next door in the next month or so!