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Probably the Last Litter
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:17 pm    Post subject: Probably the Last Litter  Reply with quote

Gladys the GOS sow is due to have what will probably the last litter of piglets that we'll farrow here. We still intend moving at the end of the summer.
She's due to have them on the tenth of July and we'll be moving her down to the sty this evening. I've disinfected and white washed the nursery ready for her move. I've still got to move the farm gate into the sty which acts as a farrowing crate for the piglets to escape to and of course, there will be straw too.









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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one John, have you eventually sold?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No but come what may, we're off at the end of the summer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you going to do with yourself  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the million dollar question.

Anyway, I finished off getting the sty ready for Gladys and then early on in the evening, Karen and I fetched Gladys down from the fields. Gladys was her usual self and was a real sweety and ambled/waddled the hundred yards or so through the orchards without a hitch.



















Her last litter was an exceptionally big one. You might recall that she actually gave birth to eighteen. A sow having that many babies isn't ideal and in the end, only ten of them survived. She's looking just as huge this time, which isn't good news but we'll just have to wait and see what happens in just over a week or so. She's already made herself a nice cosy bed out of the straw that I gave her.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the best hope all goes well
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hope all is well for gladys.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good , i reckon your gonna miss this more than you think .your set up is so well organised
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fingers crossed mate  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the calendar Gladys should have had piglets yesterday. She's her usual humungus size and thing are definitely pretty imminent.                
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We await the good news
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just sneaked a peek.














Well you know what they say about a watched kettle.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kettle hasn't boiled yet but at long last, Gladys might be getting her 'harris' into gear. She's carrying straw around the sty and making herself a nice nest.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like it's getting close then mate.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We could very well be looking at something of a full house. Gladys had got her  head down in the feed trough as I took this photo tonight.






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