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The Circle of Life.

The circle of life.
First of all, we have Gladys's last litter, which is due to go off to slaughter on Monday and then we have Gladys herself, who by coincidence is due to farrow again on the very same day that they're going off.

They've been out on free range since they were a few weeks old and were brought indoors to clean off on Monday.

That's a great picture of Gladys.

She's a proper pig, a real favourite. This next one will be her third litter since I bought her from beneath the telescope at Jodrell Bank.

hughesy wrote:
That's a great picture of Gladys.
She looks like she is smiling for camera

Poor Gladys! No sooner does she get one lot out of her hair when another lot tun up!

Gladys's third litter with us.
Gladys our favourite sow wasn't a spring chicken when we bought her and it was a bit of a gamble having her. She'd been allowed to get immensely fat and we were concerned that we might not be able to get her into pig. Anyway, the gamble paid off.
She had thirteen piglets in her first litter with but when we sent her away from home to be mated for her second litter, she only had seven. We put it down to her age and the fact that she was getting a bit past it, so you can imagine my surprise when this morning, she presented me with no less than eighteen spotted babes.
The father of litter is Matty form Matlock, our pedigree Sambo boar. This is way the biggest GOS litter we've ever had here over the years. Unfortunately, she squashed four of them during the night but that still leaves fourteen for her to contend with. Needless to say, there are a few diddly one's amongst them so fingers crossed for them over the next few days.
Here's a picture of our Gladys, when she first arrived here.


Mum and kids are doing fine.

mrs tiggywinkle

 They are so sweet. Will pop up in the week and see them.

Shall I tell them that you're going to be able to eat their older sisters after Thursday ?

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