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New calf, bringing the ewes home and feeding the pigs...

Emma Heseltine: This week Ellis decides to join Croft and has her calf on Tuesday morning. It’s another bull calf and even more strapping than Lawrence! They are moved up to the field next to the orchard and my newly ensconced pigs. Ellis apparently does not like pigs and has taken a particular dislike to mine, huffing and mooing at them. I’m not sure what they have done to offend her as they are being remarkably good considering what pigs can be like.

10 March 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 6


Emma Heseltine: This week I’m taking my last two pigs to the abattoir. I’m sure it’s going to be just as sad as the last time, but this time I’m hoping they are bigger and so provide more delicious food than the previous one. My mistake last time was not to weigh my pig so this time I’m getting it organised. John and I fetch the lamb weigher over from Wallace Field and get them in the pens. As the pigs have been moved a couple of times now they are quite used to getting in the trailer for a little ride, its not difficult with a bit of a treat (a couple of carrots).

03 February 2013 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 3

My first pig...

Emma Heseltine: This week I’ve got a job that I’m not looking forward to. I’m taking the first of my pigs to the abattoir. I’ve been umm-ing and ah-ing about it for ages and have decided that the biggest of them is about ready. I don’t have a very accurate way of measuring them but I think she is an okay weight for a Berkshire. Getting her loaded is a bit of a nightmare, its not easy getting her out of the shelterbelt and into the trailer, there is some squealing (pig), swearing (humans) and almost escaping (pig). A treat of cucumber finally swings it and we get her in the Lambulance.

25 November 2012 | 18 Comments | Recommended by 3

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