We currently have a total of 13 weaners for sale from our 2 pedigree Tamworths.
These are good hardy stock and they are quite happy to live outside in the woods all year round. If you want to help support rare breeds and also would like some great home-grown pork for your freezer then these come highly recommended.
The 1st sow farrowed on 25 February and the litter consists of 2 gilts & 3 castrated boars. At the moment they are all outdoors with the sow and will be available around 21 April.
The 2nd sow farrowed on 21 March and the 3 gilts & 5 castrated boars will be available around mid May. They are currently still inside and will be moved outside when they are around 2 or 3 weeks old.
PRICE: £50 each – if interested please use the contact form below to get in touch
We are based near Allendale (North Pennines) and all the animals can be viewed on request. Delivery may also be possible for a nominal extra amount to cover petrol. All buyers must have a CPH number
With the clock ticking and the due date for Esther, the second pig to farrow, rapidly approaching, it was time to rearrange the pig housing. First on the agenda was to move Sissy and the first litter out to the woods where a new pen had been setup on some fresh, clean ground.
While the move was pretty simple for Sissy, it was a little more traumatic for the piglets (and us) but eventually they were all caught and hand carried round to the new pen. They quickly settled into the pig ark and burrowed around the straw but it took them a little longer to adjust to the outside space they can now access. However on such a nice day I don’t think they were complaining about the chance to get some sun.
It wasn’t long before they convinced Sissy that it was feed time again, even though she was enjoying the chance to wander around outside at her leisure. Once this final step was underway and I knew the litter were settled enough to feed, I could finally relax and Sissy continues to prove what a great mother she is.
Once everything had settled down in the woods, it was time to clear out the “farrowing shed”. Not the best task but at least the weather was good with a light breeze to take away the worst of the smells!
A proper clean out including a full jet wash for the floor and everything was almost ready for Esther, the second pig to farrow. There is just the small matter of a few barrow loads of clean straw to put in there and then she can take up residence. Her first job will no doubt be rearranging all the straw because no matter how nicely I get it set up, it’s never good enough for the pigs!
Okay, so it may not be a major new bestselling novel but it’s always nice to see the results of my efforts in print again. In this months Home Farmer there is a smallholder directory feature based on the smallholder group listings that I maintain on this website.
Any non-subscribers to Home Farmer can read the relevant pages by downloading from the North Pennines Smallholders website and you could always subscribe to the magazine anyway because it’s only £40 per year!
It somehow means much more to me that this is something tangible and that might explain why I’ve never really got into the whole e-Reader/Kindle thing.
On a purely technical level I can see the many advantages of electronic publishing and I’ve tried reading a few classic books on a “generic fruit-based device” but in the end the physical book wins for me every time.