Breeding pedigree Gloucester Old Spot pigs since 2002

Two new litters - one better behaved than the other

Two new litters - one better behaved than the other
The 16 year old farm car gave up the ghost this month and died the peaceful death of a bashed-up old warrior. We decided not to replace it and so we got a tow bar fixed to the other car. It took all of five minutes for me to bash my knee on it. Owowow. Spatial awareness is clearly not my go-to skill. Both Edith Pig and Effie Pig farrowed this month...
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Lots of piglets and a lot of wind

Lots of piglets and a lot of wind
Some of Priscilla's new piglets. Very pretty indeed. We're getting our breath back after an exceptional month in which three piglet litters were born. The logistics of this took some planning as each mother needs her own maternity quarters and heat lamp. Priscilla Pig gave birth on the same day as Effie Pig. With perfect timing Effie started j...
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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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Doves, herons and piglets

Doves, herons and piglets
​ Autumn has been gorgeous so far. The colours in the hedgerows and garden are glorious reds, golds, limes and yellows and I'm still picking wild blackberries. Rooks and blackbirds have been perching in the very tops of the orchard trees and scoffing apples from the branch. The crab apples are excellent this year and a lot of jewel-coloured crab ap...
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Still very hot and sunny

Still very hot and sunny
A quiet but busy few weeks. Spring cleaning apparently takes place in August on this farm! Things have been scrubbed, disinfected, decluttered and organized both inside and outside. The hot, sunny weather continued so there was still daily watering of both the pigs and their wallows and the vegetable garden. There was also the picking of vast quant...
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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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A Quiet February So Far

A Quiet February So Far
We're still struggling a bit with the weather this winter. The consistently heavy rain doesn't help dry the fields out. Though the consistent 50mph winds do! Every sensible sheep tucks herself into the hedge out of the weather. Every sensible pig snoozes in the ark. Every sensible cow enjoys being in the winter barn. Every sensible human wears wate...
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