Breeding pedigree Gloucester Old Spot pigs since 2002

Five Things a Pig Mid-wife Needs

notebook500-min
1. A chair. Farrowing a pig can take a long time so a comfy, fold-up chair is a necessity while you're waiting. You can move it around if the sow is restless and changing her position. Also reading material – at least until the piglets start arriving. 2. Stationery. A pen and a notebook so you can record the times of new born piglets and their gend...
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Winter is coming, and it's cold

Winter is coming, and it's cold
We're having one harder frost after another at the moment. Even the ice in the water troughs has ice. It's very beautiful outside but the pigs find the frozen ground difficult to negotiate. For all their girth and size pigs have delicate trotters. Some of the retired old lady sows don't think much of the cold at all and are staying in their arks fo...
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Lots of spots, legs and wild flowers

Lots of spots, legs and wild flowers
What a busy maternity ward we have had recently with piglet litters and calves. Robin Cow had a gorgeous heifer calf, now named Blossom. Calves usually take a few days to get used to the world and although they are on their feet very quickly it sometimes takes them a while to get used to all their legs and to the fact that they can go backwards as ...
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