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bodger

The Anglesey Show

The Anglesey Show is being held next Tuesday and Wednesday on the 11th and 12th of August. Its a good sized agricultural show, which is always well attended. I'm going to go on the Wednesday when I've arranged to see someone with the view to buying some Large Black pigs. Karen is out all day shopping in Llandudno and I haven't told her yet.
horace

Naugty naughty
Rare one

Well you have now  
bodger

The Large Black Pig is just about the rarest of all the rare breed of pigs in the UK  and their numbers are so small, that they're extremely vulnerable. To illustrate this, here are the figures from the breeds official breed survey.

http://www.largeblackpigs.org.uk/#!bloodlines/cihc

It looks as though I'm going to be having two female weaners from the Blackie line, which is one of the rarer lines. needless to say, I'm looking forward to having LB's on the place again. I'll know more after I've been to the Anglesey Show next Wednesday.
hughesy

Good luck John I hope you get some good pigs. I haven't been to Anglesey show for a good few years despite it being five minutes up the road. Not specific to Anglesey but I'm always shocked to see how fat the show pigs are, especially the sows.
bodger

The last time I was there was at least five years with my daughter Frances AKA Doodle whose currently in NZ. From what little i've seen, the show world and the commercial world does seem to be in a slightly different world.
chicken feed

hughesy wrote:
Good luck John I hope you get some good pigs. I haven't been to Anglesey show for a good few years despite it being five minutes up the road. Not specific to Anglesey but I'm always shocked to see how fat the show pigs are, especially the sows.


Your right show pigs do carry a little extra but having said that the sows are all working girls so still fit to keep within the rules they must have two litters a year. on the flip side i have been left open mouthed at the sight of very under done pigs when on the look out for new stock. All my pigs be it show of butchers pigs are fed the same quality feed and the show pigs are only fed a tad more to keep the condition.
hughesy

To be fair I ought to say that a lot of the pigs I've seen hanging in the chiller at the abattoir have been incredibly fat too
bodger

I'll be off up the road to the show in just over half an hour. Our animals and birds are in deep shock at having been fed and watered so early.
bodger

Lazy days, lazing in the sun, how are you going to get your days work done?
It was roasting hot at the Anglesey show today.
   

















































horace

Glad you enjoyed your day
midlandsman

Great pics.
brewer66

Some grand looking pigs, love the Middle Whites.  
Did you get some Large Blacks bought ?
bodger

I actually helped the people who I'm buying the pigs off to show there pigs, which was a first for me.
I've agreed to buy two female weaners from them. They're only a couple of weeks old right now, so I'll be having them towards the end of the month. As luck would have it, they're picking up a pig from not too far away, so they'll deliver them for me too.
brewer66

Good result, hope they do allright for you.
Does this mean you will be entering the "show world" ?  
Handy getting them delivered, post some photos when they arrive please.  
bodger

I'm not that sure about the showing side. Anglesey was a small show pig wise and many of the people who exhibited, were there for two days and slept in tents. I would be bored to tears!
I used to enjoy showing chickens but again, I found it very tedious waiting around all day.
chicken feed

bodger wrote:
I'm not that sure about the showing side. Anglesey was a small show pig wise and many of the people who exhibited, were there for two days and slept in tents. I would be bored to tears!
I used to enjoy showing chickens but again, I found it very tedious waiting around all day.


You need to go to one of the bigger shows no time to be bored I usually start any time from 4am in the wash pen and its all go from there .then theres the stockman's after the showing back to bed nice and early . ok early morning a few hours sleep and were off again.

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