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Frazzled_Barbie

Piggy Play Days

Last Saturday we spend a fantastic day learning all about pigs. The course was fun and informative.

Its run by a couple called Graham and Tracey based at a smallholding close to Guildford called Wildcroft Rare Breeds.

I am not saying that this course is better or worse than anyone elses. I know that Debbie from here does fantastic piggy learning courses but sadly she is too far away and we couldn't make the time.  So we needed a course closer to home and Wildcroft came highly recommended by other small holders in the area.

We covered everything from the paperwork and defra admin right through to marketing the end product if that is your aim.

A couple of weeks back I came accross a large GoS boar, not roaming wild you know but at a small holding I was visiting...for what ever reason this boar really intimidated me and I needed to address at. So after all the chat Tracey took me straight to see a boar and in we got - why I was intimidated previously I have no idea, but by the time Tracey had finished helping me we had the OSB large boar lying on the floor with me tickling and scratching his tummy.

We helped feed and water and got to watch the perfect porkers being wormed by injection too. Not something that I have tried as yet as obviously the pigs are not there to be my practise pin cushion. I am going to arrange to go back at a later date and watch some more and hopefully get a chance to try if they think I am competent enough.

What I have found out is that my first pigs of choice will be oxford sandy & blacks. Normally very docile, and a good all round pig and ideal for a novice.

We managed to get some pictures of the day - not too many as far to engrossed in what we where doing.



Graham and Tracey and pigs




More Oxford Sandy & Blacks - my favourite and I spent far too much time giving them a tickle.




This is me - more tickling and back scratching.... the pigs that is not me!




Wildcroft have 55 acres in total and you can see that the pigs are slowly but surely clearing all of the land for them.



Made the picture grade on cuteness alone.




And finally tis me again and who wouldnt pass up the opportunity of bottle feeding a lamb. Even if the aforementioned lamb was "milking it" for all it was worth and could drink perfectly well out of the pail.  

What an utterly butterly fantastic day.... Highly recommend this course or one closer to you etc.  

http://www.wildcroftrarebreeds.co.uk/
Mo

We did our Pig Course up in Northumberland  
Great fun, isn't it?
We were allowed to catch a piglet and worm them.



That's me.

Great piccies  
bodger

A great set of pictures FB  It sure looked dry at that farm.
horace

Mo wrote:
We did our Pig Course up in Northumberland  
Great fun, isn't it?
We were allowed to catch a piglet and worm them.



That's me.

Great piccies  
 surely you worm the other end
Mo

I'm an Accountant - we work it out with a pencil and paper

Frazzled_Barbie

Yes it was fun Mo and rather addictive I think. Sadly they didnt have any little uns for us to molly coddle at all. There should have been a sow due but sadly the pregnancy didn't go well and she lost all of them.

I think they also knew that I could easily have pig knapped at least one or two.

Bodger - yes it was very dry and sandy soil too. Water not plumbed through so a lot of water carrying to be done this year for them.

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