They are truly delightful little souls. I loved our other pigs too, but said that if we were going to breed them it wouldn't be with Wilbur or Jack. They loved to squeal loudly for their food, and their lack of manners sometimes made it hard to get the food into their bowls. And Wilbur and Jack came from very large parents...enormous squealing adult pigs can be quiet intimidating.
Which is why we choose these three sows.
They are a cross of three old heritage breeds, which means they will be smaller, grow slower and are better suited to the natural, outdoors lifestyle.
Pepper, Sally and Oink are just so very placid and gentle, and quiet. I think they are going to be an absolute delight to own, and I think it's going to be very hard deciding which two to keep, and which sow to grow as food. Who knows? Perhaps we won't decide and we'll end up with three breeding sows. Imagine that!
Oink is the shyest. She's cautious and likes to think about things before she rushes in. Oink has a black patch on one of her back legs, a pink stripe down her snout and the odd little spot here and there.
Sally is smart, confident and just as gentle as her sisters. She's solid in colour like their Mum.
I'm so happy to be able to give these three lovely pigs the life they deserve. They were raised in a large paddock by their breeder and here they will have the same treatment. They can dig, wallow, sun bake and eat grass to their hearts content. When they farrow* they'll be able to keep their babies and raise them free-range. Their electric mesh will be moved regularly so that they don't damage the paddock and so that they have access to fresh clean pastures and undisturbed dirt. Behind them we will plant winter fodder crops and when Spring comes we'll put in perennial grasses. Their little pig hut will have it's hay topped up regularly so that they can enjoy fresh beds and a sweet smelling house.
And they will be patted and talked to and loved.
Just the way a pig's life should be.
*Farrow is the term used when a sow gives birth to her piglets.
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