A cold north easterly wind blowing this week, has brought a really wintery feel to the days. With that in mind, today we are bringing the pigs back to Fern Verrow to their winter housing. Pigs are generally rather robust creatures, however like most animals they are not too keen on extreme wet weather. We have been fortunate not to have had too much rain of note this Autumn, so our pigs have had a good stint outside. Moving them can be quite a task, we have to coax them into a trailer ( food usually works) but we have had many a moment chasing pigs around fields, and occasionally on roads, but those are times that we would rather forget. Patience is the name of the game, today luck was on our side and everyone was very well behaved. They are all now in comfortable straw filled pens, out of the wind and rain. They are likely to remain there either until their turn has come to go to the abattoir, or back outside in late winter or early spring, to help prepare the vegetable fields for replanting. Apart from the meat that they provide, they really are a great help on a vegetable farm, not only do they fertilise the land, but they lift and aerate the soil with their powerful snouts. This allows us minimum tillage on the land. We feed them grain, sometimes whey, but a huge part of their diet are the reject vegetables, particularly roots and windfall apples. Pigs really do eat anything, but we do find that leeks and onions are not to their taste!
For sale at 55 Stanworth st (9am-2pm) and Borough Market (8.30am-4pm) this Saturday