Forum

Start new topic

Things to get Excited about

NorthernIslesPigs
by NorthernIslesPigs

3 weeks ago, out saddleback sow visited the boar, what we wanted to happen went on, and today we took her for a wonder to visit him again just to make sure, and aside from a wee sniff not a lot of action. So fingers crossed, the jobs been done and in the magic, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days from 3 weeks ago, we'll have a little of little saddleback pigs arriving :)

None of my Tamworth ladies have come on heat either, so am hoping the same is true for them, so that'll be a litter of crosses arriving

And..

we have 5 piglets coming to us in 3 weeks, after only getting three last summer, and loosing one before christmas we thought to buy some new stock in, so enroute via the ferry in 3 weeks time we shall have oxford sandy and black crosses arriving :)

 

last edited on
veg patch baby
#1
by veg patch baby

nice, good luck with the little saddlebacks!

NorthernIslesPigs
#2
by NorthernIslesPigs

we inherited a group of little saddlebacks last spring, its exciting got to love this time of year when things are starting to happen, its makes the short days that bit easier to deal with :)

ozzi
#3
by ozzi

Yay! Very exciting - we are more than happy to go ooooooooooh and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah over photos of happy piglets!! There is a litter just along the road from me at present - lovely wee tubby things. I keep telling their owner I will steal one in the dead of night one night (for culinary purposes of course!)

If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel - run down there and light the blooming thing yourself!
NorthernIslesPigs
#4
by NorthernIslesPigs

Its been really awesome to watch our two grow up, three would have been better but pneumonia took her from us, which was not pleasant at all. The two boys are monsters, playful, happy, hairy, muddy ones :) like but monsters none the less :D

Likewise bringing the saddlebacks on has been rewarding as well, considering the start they had before we got them, and seeing the sow become the gorgeous (if you can say that about a pig) pedigree she is, has been incredible seeing as how she looked more like a goat then a pig when we got her she was so thin!

Looking forward to seeing my new piglets soon.. can I wait 3 weeks hee hee :D

ozzi
#5
by ozzi

All pigs are gorgeous - they are so affectionate you want to just scritch their ears ... Great to see you so excited about your animals ...

If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel - run down there and light the blooming thing yourself!
Tudful Tamworths
#6
by Tudful Tamworths

Best of luck with the litters. You're going to have such an enjoyable time.

Author of The Haynes Pig Manual and The Haynes Smallholding Manual. Three times winner of Tamworth Champion of Champions. Teaching courses on smallholding at Kate Humble's farm www.humblebynature.com Website: www.biggingerpigs.com
MrsStubbs
#7
by MrsStubbs

That's a good positive start to the New Year.

To leave a response to the post you will need to be a registered user. Sign-up here or Login here
@rivercottage
  • @NickKillingback Hmm, tricky. Let's ask @johnmushroom... #mushrooming
  • RT @allybag1: Gristle!!! Every bit of meat! Had to stay at the table till it was all gone ! Don't eat meat now ! #cookeveryday
  • RT @roryos31: @rivercottage #cookeveryday .My dad a chef loved making us eat all sorts -heart, pigs head , pigs feet etc.Not left leave ta…
  • It's time for #21 of #cookeveryday. What were you made to eat as a kid? Go! link
  • RT @AnnaPitt: @rivercottage fave autumn treat: bonfire, mulled wine, pumpkin soup and the glow of pumpkin lanterns #cookeveryday
  • @jonnytbonewils over to @lambposts...
  • WATCH: Make your own traditional apple and blackberry fruit leather with @thepamthejam link #cookeveryday
  • RT @Alpro_UK: We’re whipping up our hazelnut orange custard @RiverCottage – it's one of our fave autumn treats! #cookeveryday link
  • RT @plymouthcanteen: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Head Chef here at the Plymouth Canteen link
  • RT @thetimes: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on how his mum taught him to bake, only in today's @thetimes (@rivercottage) link
  • RT @comeconella: @rivercottage all things butternut! #cookeveryday
  • @JayAllen33 @RiverCottageHQ good question! Let's ask @lambposts...
  • RT @CoopFayB: @rivercottage blackberry & apple crumble. Perfect from the picking through to the eating. #cookeveryday
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage My fave autumn treat? It's spring in Oz, so I'm gonna say rhubarb!! #cookeveryday
  • RT @violetpsyche: @rivercottage My favourite autumn treat: has to be treacle toffee. #cookeveryday
  • Happy Monday all! #20 on #cookeveryday is favourite autumn treats (edible or otherwise) - let's hear them now... link
  • RT @violetpsyche: @rivercottage Veg I grow in my garden: None this year. I grow fruit and want to grow more veg, if slugs will let me! #coo…
  • RT @truss_abbie: @rivercottage #cookeveryday grow veg on my allotment but in the garden is fennel...lots of other herbs and wild garlic in …
  • #19 for #cookeveryday is all about veg. What do you grow in your garden? #growyourown link
  • RT @RiverCottageHQ: . @rivercottage we love ALL cheese, especially that made by @tomthecheese on our course! link #cooker…
  • RT @lisa_spelling: @rivercottage all of them!! But especially Waterloo and stinking bishop and sharpham rustic with a large glass of port! …
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage Cheese of choice? Too hard! I love them all! Something French, creamy & smelly... Mmm... #cookeveryday
  • Morning #cookeveryday fans! Time for #18, what's your favourite cheese? link
  • Hugh helped raise money for #StandUpToCancer with @starservice! Can you help too? link
  • RT @rose_rambles: @rivercottage My family's favourite cake to make & eat: vanilla sponge filled with cream & sliced pear #cookeveryday http…
  • RT @whitstabob: @rivercottage it's presently Lemon, lavender and almond because it's the only edible one I've ever made! link
  • #17 for #cookeveryday: what's your favourite cake to make / eat? Go! link
  • Hungry? Find high welfare meat retailers near you link @PigBusiness link
  • RT @RiverCottageHQ: Come together to toast the #festive period with a seasonal aperitif & a roaring log fire in our yurt. Book now! http://…
  • RT @johnmushroom: @rivercottage #cookeveryday. Not yet mastered? Pastry. But how hard can it be? River Cottage Handbook needed, I think.
  • Keep your #cookeveryday answers coming - what cookery course would you like to do? What skill have you yet to master? link
  • Vote with your wallet. Watch @PigBusiness’ 3-minute video and sign the #PigPledge link
  • Today's #cookeveryday is: what's your ideal cookery course? What would you most like to learn? #cookeryschool
  • The new 3 minute #PigPledge video reveals the true cost of cheap pork - watch, share and sign! link
  • RT @BloomsburyCooks: Fantastic day today spent down in the farm @rivercottage - we got to ride on a tractor?! WINNING link
  • Keep your favourite chefs coming in - and remember to tag with #cookeveryday. Lots of love for @jamieoliver @rick_stein @Ottolenghi, Hugh...
  • RT @Lanzy_88: @rivercottage fav chefs wud have to be Hugh and the Hairy Bikers #cookeveryday
  • @hugo_harrison Assume you've seen Hugh's new one, #lightandeasy? It's packed with #wheatfree and #dairyfree recipes: link
  • RT @WinCanteen: Who's coming to meet Hugh tomorrow? He will be here at 10.30am to meet guests and sign his new book @rivercottage
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage My fave chef/cook..? I do love Hugh and @jamieoliver too. Keep fighting your good fights boys! #cookeveryday
  • RT @plymouthcanteen: The amazing talent Elise Yuill will be playing on Weds 15 October, come and enjoy beautiful music while you dine. http…
  • RT @ddtcm: @rivercottage #cookeveryday Keith Floyd. Full of enthusiasm and an inspiration. He was a legend.
  • RT @HappyDaysNo1: @rivercottage My favourite chefs are @jamieoliver @Rick_Stein & Hugh. 'Three Good Things'! #cookeveryday
  • RT @ar_weston: @rivercottage #cookeveryday My mom had never put a bad plate in front of me. :-)
  • Morning all, we want to hear your favourite chefs today for #cookeveryday - famous or otherwise. Go! link
  • RT @spanglotron: @rivercottage Hmmm French or Italian? French for variety? Robust and hearty to dainty and refined. Something for all seaso…
  • RT @HappyDaysNo1: @rivercottage my favourite cuisine has to be Chinese. #cookeveryday
  • RT @PigBusiness: .@rivercottage We completely agree! #PigPledge #Day2Welfare link
  • Sorry @davidwalliams - we knocked you off the #1 slot in the book chart x link
  • Hugh's #lightandeasy book is back at #1 in the chart. Got your copy yet? #wheatfree #dairyfree link @BloomsburyCooks
Login or Sign-up

Login & Sign-up

Forgotten your password? Retrieve it here
Or connect via Facebook
Connect with Facebook
Join River Cottage
Close
Shopping basket: 0 items £0.00