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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:22 pm    Post subject: Article?  Reply with quote

Its absolutely hissed it down here all day today, so I've finally got around and written a long promised article for the GOS club magazine. Have a read and see what you think. The next edition of the magazine is spot lighting club members from Wales.


My wife and I plus our very young family moved from North Staffordshire to our smallholding here in the village of Morfa Nefyn back in the summer of 1988. The Lleyn Peninsula is a beautiful place to live and our move was the culmination of a life times ambition to own our own small farm
I had twelve year career as a police officer but was pensioned off with an injury recieved on duty but don't worry, all wasn't doom and gloom. The chance to exchange my truncheon for wellingingtons, wasn't one that I had to think twice about and we quickly went on to fully embrace the 'good life' Within a short period of time we were keeping cattle, sheep and of course pigs.
Very early on in procedings, we purchased two pedigree Gloucestershire Old Spot weaners. They were Muriels and in the early 1990's we bred and registered several litters of piglets under the 'Uchaf' prefix. Strangely, when we contacted the BPA to tell them that we were going back into breeding pedigree pigs again, we had to have a new prefix, namely Over the Gate.

Moving on to more recent times, we've developed the idyll of living the 'good life' still further.
About ten years ago, we made the decision to plant apple orchards on our land and these days, we have more than two hundred trees. The trees are a mixture of cider and eating apple varieties and for the last five years we've made cider and apple juice on a small commercial scale. We sell our produce to local pubs and restaurants and from the farmgate at weekends throughout the busy holiday season.
At some times of the year we get quite a lot of apple waste and two years ago, its disposal gave me the perfect excuse to go back into keeping my beloved Gloucestershire Old Spots.
The first purchase made, was a Little Owls Princess sow, which was bought from a lady in Pembrokeshire for the princely sum of a hundred pounds. We quickly borrowed a pedigree boar and hey presto ! The first litter of pedigree GOS's for more than twenty years were born on the farm about eighteen months ago.
The resulting piglets found ready homes in friends and relatives freezers and the seeds for a porky enterprise were sown.
We retained one of the gilts from this litter and last year we purchased two large Josephine sows to go with her.
My most recent addition was a beautiful young Sambo boar from club members Geoff and Jackie Wilde of Matlock and he's a beauty. Hopefully, he'll go on to father lots of piglets with the three sows that we keep.
We sell butchered whole and half pigs to our customers and within the last week or so, we've also started to sell our GOS sausages and burgers.

I love my pigs and its a treat to be able to go out and feed them every morning in their large grass paddocks. The emphasis here is very much on free range and on giving the pigs as natural and pleasant a life as possible. We're able to finish our pork pigs outdoors and feel fortunate to have good draining land and an exceptionally mild climate to be able to facillitate this. With the sea on both sides of us to keep us warm and the Snowdonnian mountains keeping the worst of the weather away, we're truly as happy as pigs in muck! Anyone for a glass of cider ? Cheers !
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Yorkshire Geordie



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds very good and reads well - OK to me, Bodger.  
Do you have any spare arks and Mrs YG and I will join in.  
Biscuit could be guard dog.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anytime Mart.    Our kids have all flown the coop and we have plenty of room.
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horace



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice read it,s good to know you are fulfillng your dreams  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possible photos to go with the article?

'You never know what might be around the corner. Our three January born Josephine gilts.'








Taking my midwifery duties seriously. One of the Josephine sows. I'm the good looking pig, or not










Welcome to my office. The job does have the occasional perk.









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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

horace wrote:


Agree
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Fowgill Farm



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent
A great interesting story and great pics
Think one more pic needed of holding or pig arks wld top it off

If anyone wants to read Bodgers article in the Gos nnewsletter you can become a member for as little at 15,  see www.gospbc.co.uk

Mandy

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