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Saddleback pigs slosh around in the snow.

Winter has arrived today as the shortest day approaches for the winter solstice. All the dry Saddleback sows and the pedigree Saddleback 'Prefect' boar are being out wintered in a 4 acre field. This is no problem for the hardy Saddleback pigs as they have four arks to share and cuddle up in. Saddleback pigs like humans enjoy each others warmth in cold weather and fit snugly, lying many full grown pigs to an ark.
The snow presents no problem to the Saddleback pigs who remain in their arks for most of the day only venturing forth to drink and eat. While I'm away in Canada skiing, you in the UK are getting more snow than here in Banff, Alberta. Stuart is tending the Saddleback pigs in my absence, I will not return until January the ninth. So if you want to contact me please email and I will get back to you, or send a text. PLEASE DO NOT PHONE ME .
When I return there should be several January litters born, the show pigs for the new decade!
Once again seasonal greetings from a very cold and dry Banff.
I look forward to future Saddleback adventures in 2010.

pigs in snow pigs snuggled up pig in snow

 

 

Safe Saddleback's after record November rains

Now the Saddleback pigs are housed safely in dry bedding they are happy once again. As the torrential rains of November have passed major ground works have been instigated to protect the buildings from further flooding.


We have reopened a french drain and built a banking to divert any run off from the hillside, put in a new fence and electrified it pig proof? Also to stop the rooting Saddleback pigs blocking the drain we have lined the fence with old scaffolding boards [at ground level]. It was not man power that did all this but a 3 tonne digger slipping and sliding in the Cumbrian mud at Bridgefield Farm.
Once completed 5 Saddleback gilts were put out with Coal Yeat Grand Duke to experience for the first time a group of Saddleback virgins. It was the first sunny day for weeks and all the Saddleback's spent the day sunbathing before Jack Frost came out at darkness to freeze the ground hard.


The Saddleback gilts having run with 2 different Saddleback boars Rajah and Vicount are awaiting collection as they are all pre ordered some to Wales some to Cheshire, Yorkshire and Clwyd. What a job I had sorting them out as they are such an even bunch, as I am keeping 3 for my herd.In the end I have kept a Babble, Silver Wing and Rosette all by different boars.

pigs on a hill pigs safe

 

 

 

Black Saddleback's, Grey Saddleback's totally muddy Saddleback pigs.

MESS LEFT BY FLOODS ANOTHER VIEW OF THE MESS LEFT BEHIND BY THE FLOODS PLANT DUMPED ON FENCES

Now the floods of Cumbria have subsided somewhat - Lake Windermere was 10ft above its normal level - we have had to rescue the remaining dozen Saddleback gilts and Viscount Saddleback boar from Coal Yeat Farm. Coal Yeat Farm is 500ft above sea level at the top of a hill so was not flooded but got very very wet. The road from Lowick to Coal Yeat Farm has several dips which were flooded up to 2ft deep. Too deep for a normal car to try to ford, but ok for the tractor and 4x4, so the Saddleback pigs got their lunch.

But the one and a half acres of their 3 paddocks is now a mud bath, hence the very muddy grey/black pigs. Fortunately I tipped a few loads of hardcore during the summer so they have hard standing to eat their food. Thank Goodness for this as the rest of the field is boot suckingly deep slush.

So home they all came on Monday the 24th November to my farm at Bridgefield. Monday is Saddleback pig day, as Stuart a local farmers son comes for the day to give me a hand. I need his expertise and large equipment. He regularly empties my slurry pit with his 135bp tractor and 160 gallon Slurry Tanker. This has a 'rain gun' which blasts the slightly smelly slurry which is 90% water onto my field off the road.

This practice is vital to wet Cumbria - is going to be banned by DEFRA in the future. So here we are in the National Park, in an Environmental Scheme with a Slurry pit overflowing onto the road. What are we to do in the future? Drive onto sodden fields making a total 'screw', wrecking the land just because some DEFRA bureaucrat in their office has made a totally uneducated ruling! Perhaps they will also be making a ruling to stop Saddleback pigs causing the contents of the slurry pit!

Meanwhile, back at the farm, we are still coping with the very wet ground leaking into the Saddleback's pens. We are having to put one of the arks on telegraph poles to raise it above ground to stop run-off from the hillside running in and out of the ark.

But the Saddleback pigs still keep on thriving even in such adverse conditions. Only the dry Saddleback sows and the prefect boar are still wading through the mud.

Stock for sale - Due to a cancelled order for 40 weaners. I now have an abundance of strong weaners for sale. Please call me on 07887731552 for more details. 26.11.09

 

Sad Saddleback's rescued from the floods - 19th November 2009

PIGS BEING RESCUEDPIGS BEING CUT OUT OF FIELDSFREE PIGS

You probably saw the news today that Cumbria has suffered some of the worst flooding in living memory. The Coal Yeat Saddleback's have not been immune from the flooding - but they did not need water wings!

The pig pens down by the river Crake, which runs out of Coniston Water are totally underwater. One of the pens - pigless - the galvanised pig ark is totally submerged. So at least 4ft of flood water has enveloped. The Saddleback summer paddocks. Only two of the higher paddocks contained the Saddleback gilts and Jack the new Saddleback boar. Fortunately the water had not entered their ark but was only 2" below their straw bed. But ... the gate to their pen was under 3ft of water so we had to cut the wire to get them out. HELP! I had to call Stuart with his large 4 wheel tractor to pull the trailer as my small 4 wheel drive "Massy" would not be able to pull the trailer full of pigs over the sodden fields. The Saddleback pigs are all safely in the pens at Bridgefield Farm but.... The rain was so torrential that all the pens have been flooded, so they spent the night on damp beds ...... better than having to swim all night.

Poor Jack "the new Saddleback boar", he's here there and everywhere as he seems to move every week. But he's now in his permanent winter home awaiting a new batch of Saddleback gilts, his final chance to see if he is man enough to get them in pig. If not he's destined for the sausage machine!

The dry Saddleback's are still out in the fields - safe above the expanding flood plain of the River Crake - and will remain outside until a few weeks before farrowing next year.

All this goes to prove that Saddleback pigs are the most hardy and biddable, even at times of great stress, they just walked in the trailer and said "thanks for rescuing us" mmmmm - they can talk to?

 

Can Saddleback pigs swim?

FLOODS 1FLOODS 2FLOODS 3

They may need to if we get any more downpours like those experienced lately. For two consecutive weekends the monsoons have left the village of Lowick marooned.The local pubs pool table was floating around and the flood water was so deep the pub is closed for 2 months. There was so much water on the roads with all the autumnal leaves blocking the drains and the gaps in the dry stone walls that floods were up to 3 ft deep - impassable!
But did the Saddleback pigs need to swim? Fortunately not as all their arks are situated on the highest ground, but the mud is now so deep that they do need welly boots!! However the floods did wash out two of the pens inside my buildings and the slurry pit filled overnight.
Copious amounts of straw has been added to the arks so the Saddleback's have warm dry beds to sleep in. The highest placed arks were muddy inside as a months rain fell in 4 hours. Even Saddleback's hate rain and are not keen on deep cold mud so they now spend most of the days cuddling up together in their arks.
What of Jack the Saddleback boar experiencing manhood for the first time? Last week we swapped him for a new Vicount boar who knows his job. Unfortunately several of the gilts Saddleback Jack has had the opportunity of serving have returned to the Vicount boar which is really disappointing. Jack is now running with 5 young Saddleback gilts vacated by the Vicount boar all of which should be in pig. It just goes to show that young boars can be a problem and are not guaranteed to do their job, in fact a lady from Ireland has a young boar who is totally uninterested in the Saddleback girls.
More rain is forecast-- and I have bought some more waterproofs!

 

The Saddleback Club AGM

AGM PIGS happy panty pigs

Always a gathering of enthusiasts as 60 members turned out to view the Pantysgawan herd of Will and Amanda's.
The British Saddleback Breeders Club has grown dramatically over the last five years from a start of 18 members to now approx 240. The enthusiasm for the Saddleback pig is now very well established throughout the UK and we even have several members scattered around the world. At the meeting alterations to the constitution were approved to reflect the growing membership together with a larger range of membership options. The addition of a family membership and also a youth membership will greatly assist the choice of membership. The newsletter will also be available as a PDF on line as an option to save the club postage and printing costs, this saving will be passed on to members who chose this 'green' option.
And so to the Saddleback pigs on the conclusion of the AGM. The main reason for traveling so far south into the welsh valleys was to say hello to Coal Yeat Prefect the stock boar of the Pantysgawan herd. Will and Amanda traveled up to Lowick 18 months ago to buy this boar who was to be my 2008 show boar. Coal Yeat Prefect has bred very well for them and is the sire of their all conquering show gilt  and also sire of two junior boars on show on Sunday. All the Saddleback pigs looked great in their individual pastures,but Coal Yeat Prefect was sulking in his ark eventually emerging covered in mud and straw.He has some growing still to do but looks a fine Saddleback boar and is apparently being used by a few breeders in Wales and the Borders.
Lunch was a very tasty hog roast, unfortunately not a Saddleback as it had a white face but nevertheless was eagerly devoured by all the attending members. The tour concluded mid afternoon with members slowly drifting away home. We stayed near Hereford and traveled North on Monday to collect a trailer full of straw from John Appleton and managed to find some more Saddleback pigs for the butchers. A round trip of over 600 miles proved very successful.
My thanks to Amanda and Will for such an enjoyable day I'm thinking of how I may accommodate the club at Lowick next year?

THE MEETING TASTY PARK

 

 

Saddleback pork for British sausage week 2-8 November 

SUASAGES ABOUT TO GO IN THE OVENYUMMY COOKED SAUSAGE

Every day 5 million Britons eat sausages! This probably means nearly 5,000,000 Britons are failing to appreciate just how good a sausage made with rare breed pork can be. Saddleback pork is perfect for sausage making, as all the taste, nourishment and succulence of Saddleback pork is immediately noticeable with the first mouthful.
This is a proven fact!  Airey's Butchers Cumberland sausage made exclusively from my pedigree Saddleback pork was overwhelmingly voted by the general public as the tastiest sausage in Cumbria.


Quality Saddleback pork is the cornerstone of all the sausage made by the three butchers whom I supply, Plumgarth Farm Shop, Dales Butchers, and Aireys Butchers. All these butchers make a variety of sizes, shapes and types of Saddleback sausage which are available on their web sites [see the butchers page] or from their shops.


This British Sausage Week is being promoted by the British Sausage Appreciation Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in order to raise funds for battling against this life threatening disease - so do your bit and buy sausages made from Saddleback pork or other rare breed British pigs for a real British banger. 
Check out www.britishsausageweek.com for tasting venues and free recipe cards --- enjoy.

yum yum sausage bun

Proofs in the eating not much left, a delicious home grown meal after a hard day on the farm!

 

 

The life and times of Jack the Saddleback boar.


After a beautiful dry autumnal September I decided to turf Jack the lad out with his entourage of eleven willing Saddleback gilts. I have put them up at Coal Yeat Farm, situated at 500ft on the Furness Peninsular, where they will grow on strongly and slowly.
I purchased this 25 acre farm twenty five years ago, the farm house and buildings being totally derelict. Over the years we have rebuilt and renovated the buildings until today there are six different residences, two of which are holiday cottages.
The Saddleback pigs which run over 2 acres at Coal Yeat are always greatly admired by the visitors. These holiday cottages are managed by Emma my daughter and full details are available from www.coalyeatcottages.co.uk.
Anyway, the outside air is suiting Jack who is lord of all he surveys, as the Saddleback Prefect boar previously in residence has come back to Bridgefield Farm my main holding[110 acres]. Before we could load the mature Saddleback boar Jack was frothing at the mouth and making threats to the big boar twice his size. This laddish behavior is very encouraging as it shows he is not a soft sissy and is starting to become very masculine in his outlook to the world.
to quote 'if highly sexed Saddleback boars are given a service too young it starts them worrying before they are ready for more; while if a rather under sexed Saddleback is not used soon enough he may become impotent. There are many cases of unwillingness to serve varying from a slow start to a total refusal. A good proportion of them are the result of an inexperienced stockman.'

With a variety of lady friends both experienced and not Jack the young Saddleback boar at last seems to be coping. But i'm not putting all my eggs in one basket and he will be replaced in 3 weeks by another home bred Saddleback boar Coal Yeat Grand Duke class winner at Westmorland County Show.

COAL YEAT VIEWS

 

Why a young Saddleback boar needs TLC

So 'Jack the lad' my new young Saddleback was not up to it. He was overwhelmed by the attentions of the two young Saddleback gilts coming brimming at once. I found him one morning with a gilt on top of him - and it does not work that way with pigs.
I rescued him and put him in a small pen with a 5 month old gilt to learn the 'aires and graces' of living with ladies - after all 'manners maketh man'.
His 2 weeks rehabilitation seems to have worked as he is now running with 10 Saddleback gilts and coping admirably. Gone is his kempt up ardor replaced by a dignified search for the girl with the right smell. I have even added a small sow, emaciated after giving her all to her litter of eleven - a lady of experience who has stood still to enable Jack to take good aim.
I'm now expecting great things in the next 3 weeks as the gilts come brimming stimulated by his very presence. The majority of these pedigree gilts are for sale and will make perfect christmas presents hopefully farrowing in February 2010.
But this just goes to show how young Saddleback boars need tender loving care from, not only old friendly sows but also from the pig keeper.

I hope it all works out as Jack is a lovely lad with great length and growth for his age but he previously had the mentality of a sex crazed teenager! Unfortunately the girls initially got the better of him and even with pigs they can be put off for life after such a traumatic experience!!!!!!!

Look after your Saddleback pigs and they will look after you.

Saddleback pigs are the most amenable of animals. They will thrive in  most conditions and suit my system. In fact the Saddleback pigs will out perform all other rare breed pigs and even grow at the same rate as modern pigs under an extensive management system.
I always run a second breed of pigs alongside my Saddleback herd to evaluate the Saddleback's performance, currently it is the Hampshire breed. The Hampshire's are Saddleback's exported to the USA a couple of hundred years ago,returning to our shores with prick ears and hybrided as modern pigs.
My herd of Saddleback pigs are kept commercially with the majority of the young pigs supplying three local butchers .
In order to ensure optimum growth of each and every Saddleback pig and to ensure viable litter sizes the breeding cycle starts at weaning of the sow.
When I wean the Saddleback sow it is usually at 8 weeks after farrowing and the sow goes into the boar who is usually cohabiting with other sows, the family unit. However there are no set rules as if a young sow is loosing condition fast and will resemble a greyhound if not weaned she may return to the boar at 5-6 weeks.Yet a big fat Saddleback sow who needs to loose weight will definitely go 8 weeks as fat tends to drop off in the last weeks of the lactation. The Saddleback sow should go to the boar looking lean- this is working with nature as during lactation is the only time to slim down sows- naturally!
The Saddleback sow usually takes the boar 3-5 days after weaning but recently this has been stretching to 7-9 days. [this is also being experienced by other Saddleback breeders]. The litter of piglets will then be born 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days after service.
I leave the sow with the chosen boar for 2 weeks then change the boar just in case he is firing blanks. Usually 96% of the Saddleback sows farrow to the first service. Sows will remain together in a family unit until the sow is separated 10 days before farrowing and the whole cycle is complete. The Saddleback sow will naturally put on flesh during her pregnancy looking at her best the week before farrowing.

different boars

4 year old Coal Yeat Prefect with young gilts. Not the perfect match, watch this space to learn what happens

 

 

Saddleback pigs triumph at Westmorland County Show

showing pigs john showing pigs

Congratulations to Kevin Matthews who not only stewarded the pig section but exhibited several Saddleback pigs and took the overall championship. He pipped my Hampshire July boar who excelled himself to take the modern breed championship and the reserve champion pig.

 

Saddleback pigs have exceeded all expectations this year in the show ring taking the majority of pig championships at regional and national shows. For me one of the highlights of the season was the unexpected successes such as my young boar winning his class at Westmorland when shown straight out of the fattening pen with no training at all !

 

Taking 21 pigs to a show would not have been possible without considerable help. Thanks to Tina and Mike [vet students] who worked hard in the pens cleaning the Saddleback and Hampshire pigs, Harvey my son who showed some of the pigs in the ring and Carole, Brian Mulkeen and Stuart who all helped show the pigs.

So now the season of shows is over and both the Saddleback and Hampshire pigs are out in the fields enjoying the Indian summer- yes its dry at last for 5 days in succession!

 

 

How to keep your Saddleback pigs happy this autumn.

Saddleback pigs are really the least troublesome of animals. They happily thrive and flourish where other pigs may only struggle along. But even Saddleback's need the intervention of mankind to make their lives even happier. For instance if you are bringing the pigs into dryer accommodation after this terribly wet August its always good to;

1 Ensure their accommodation is mucked out, washed, degreased,and disinfected, then left to dry for at least 7 days.

2 All water troughs and feed troughs are thoroughly washed and disinfected [don't forget to flush clean water into the water system before introducing the pigs]

3 All damaged gates/walls/and dividing partitions are repaired and all water piping firmly affixed to the walls.

4 All old bedding how ever clean should be discarded and composted. So now the accommodation all' spick and span' is ready for the Saddleback's arrival.

pigs getting a shower clean pigs

But the pigs are loaded in the trailer covered with mud, filthy. Give them a' shampoo and set' with a hose or pressure washer so sparkling clean Saddleback's only are allowed inside. Finally after the pigs are settled in a couple of days I give them  either an in -feed wormer such as Panic or an injection of ivermectin to remove any worm burden which may have built up over the summer. Its amazing how satisfied a newly washed saddleback looks on a new bed of freshly harvested straw and how proud the pig keeper! If the pigs are going to stay outside all winter which they will happily do - don't forget that most of the above still apply, and ensure the pigs have a dry draught free bed to sleep in. Happy contented pigs keep the pig keeper profitable.

happy pig

 

 

Here we come - Westmorland County Show - 10 September 2009


Westmorland show is my local county show so I always put on a great effort to support it.This year as I have lots of willing helpers including my two grandchildren I have 20 pigs entered more or less equally split between the Saddleback and Hampshire pigs. All the show pigs are still running outside completely covered in mud - they say mud is good for the complexion so lets hope so when I start to wash them.

busy showground cattle Judging
Westmorland show is a true agricultural show which always has a substantial turn out of livestock, with one of the largest sheep turn outs in the country.The pig classes have over the last few years attracted a constant entry of over 50 pigs with the Saddleback pigs having their own breed classes. Pig exhibitors travel from as far as the Yorkshire coast and Scotland to show their pigs, this year there is a record 69 pigs entered. 

pigs with rosettes pig tent
The pig showing ring is always very busy and the pig tent full of the public as pigs are so rarely seen at such close quarters.The pigs especially the youngest often misbehave in their youthful exuberance, much to the amusements of the crowd !


Full details of the show ,including discounted entry tickets are available on www.westmorlandshow.co.uk
I look forward to meeting you all at the show on Thursday the 10th of September, remember plan to arrive early as there can be long delays getting onto the field on mid morning.

 

Border Fine Arts pay the pigs a visit.


Yes, they are producing a Saddleback pig with handler heading to [or from] the show ring. A wax model was brought  to the farm by head sculptor Hans Kendrick for my evaluation and input. Hans took this opportunity to view all the Saddleback adult pigs especially the ones in show condition.

beswick view one pig view 2
Technicalities like ear notching and ear tags were fully explained as even this model has to comply to DEFRA rules and Saddleback breed standards!
Hans, having purchased a supply of Saddleback sausage pork , apple burgers and dry cured bacon left the farm very happy and confident.

pig view 3 pig view 4


Further photos have been emailed to me which I forwarded to Steve Booth in his capacity as chairman of the Saddleback breeders club,and we both agree that the model looks like a show Saddleback pig .[although still to be painted]


I'm glad to say the handler is not based on your truly !


This Saddleback pig sculpture will not be available until the spring of 2010

 

A slow, slow August  


With no pig shows and the majority of Saddleback and Hampshire pigs playing out in the fields, its time for the annual clean.Time to steam clean all the sheds and farrowing areas with degreasing detergent prior to 'foaming ' all the clean dry surfaces with a residual anti viral disinfectant.We have finally completed this annual task before the sows are brought in to farrow.

before cleaningafter cleaning clean living


Such was our enthusiasm that Harry came over to help and decided to re paint the food barrow- the colours of his choice found in old cans of paint. Now after 2 hours of concentrated effort we have a very bright 'showman's' feeding barrow.

nearly finishedThe green and red barrow


Everything is overhauled during this annual clean with rusty tins being repainted and bent tins being re riveted and repaired. The pigs can be so destructive once a tin has been loosened!


I think if these late august rain [downpours] continue we will have to bring the pigs in early this year.The fields are today so wet that I will have to feed the pigs from my 4 wheel drive tractor as i so nearly got stuck in the mud yesterday in my 4x4 car.
The entries are in for the local Westmorland county show on 10th September which is only 20 minutes drive from my farm 21 pigs entered as I have lots of helpers lined up. Its time to think of entering the BPA show and sale which will take place at Ross on Wye market on 10 October.


Pigs for sale ? I have a very nice crop of young Saddleback boars,in pig Saddleback sows  and maiden gilts  - interested ? - give me a call on 07887731552.

 

 

Great Eccleston Show

18 -19 July

I am the champion or at least my pig is! At last the tricolour rosette, but not to a Saddleback but my July 08 Hampshire gilt. Well done Harry and Dylan who came second in the obstacle course for pigs (adult class 2 children = 1 adult!?!) As this was Dylan's (Harry's best friend) first show and only his second time with pigs this was an amazing result, and another pig handler in the making. Imogen could only come on Saturday and this six year old showed some January gilts in the breed classes winning second and third rosettes.

harry and dylan

Bye Alex. Thanks for all your hard work, and as a farewell he won first prize in the breed class! (He must have had a good pig.)

Great Eccleston show is always a pleasure with lots of coffee and bacon butties to fortify all exhibitors for the rigors of the day ahead. Thanks to all the helpers and organisers for providing such an excellent venue.

My big Saddleback boar spent an hour in the beer tent having been frightened by flapping sheets. We could not get him out of the bar! Eventually he spied his trailer and spent the day waiting to be taken home. No harm done, no injuries, just more fun for the large crowd, but not the way to start the days showing.

 

NEXT SHOW WESTMORLAND COUNTY SHOW 10 SEPTEMBER 2009

Junction 36 on M6 'A true agricultural show'

 

Great Yorkshire Show

WOW! What a fantastic turn out of quality pigs, and the weather was perfect for all 3 days. At last a first prize at the Yorkshire Show with Coal Yeat Rosette 188D (dame Coal Yeat Rosette 65C, Sire Wildgrove Grand Duke 3). Out of a class of 16 of the best Saddleback January 09 gilts this is a major success,all the other pigs were also in the rosettes, with an army of 3 Saddleback's and 5 Hampshire pigs forward at the show. The Hampshire gilt Coal Yeat Judy, 207D, on the final day of the show did the breed proud by finishing third out of a class of over 20 entries of January gilts and boars of all breeds.

Congratulations to Messrs Thomas and Edwards from Wales Saddleback Gilt Pantysgawn Dinah 10 went on to win 'pig of the year'. This is a class to which pigs qualify at all the major shows. Their Saddleback gilt was sired by a Coal Yeat boar, Coal Yeat Prefect. Which is particularly satisfying.

Thanks again to everyone who helped especially Alex, the vet student who did a great job in the pens keeping the pigs clean and really got into 'showing'.

Now back for a day and then off to Great Eccleston show, for 2 days of pig showing at the weekend.

And the grandchildren, Harry and Imogen were out in the ring again, winning some pretty pink and yellow rosettes.

Coal Yeat Rosette

Coal Yeat Rosette 188D Winner Jan Gilt Yorkshire Show 09

imogen and her pig

It must be love Imogen and her pig

 

 

An official heat wave!

Yes the Saddleback pigs all know this only too well and they don't watch TV! Even up here in South Cumbria temperatures have exceeded 31 degrees.

The growing Saddleback pigs all 129 of them were turned out on a 4 acre field of after cut. (1st crop of silage taken) A stream runs through this field so they have made a giant mud wallow and bath (while we go up to Coniston Water for a swim, the lakes never been so warm for years.)

All the Saddleback pigs are now caked in mud and spend their days trying to keep cool

Coal Yeat Lottie 181A managed to farrow one cool night to provide a beautiful litter of 12 piglets, spot on July showing dates.

I have another trainee vet on the farm at the moment he will be tagging and injecting the new piglets, de tusking an old boar, washing the show Saddleback pigs, walking the show pigs, lots of hands on experience. All the vet students who have attended the Saddleback pigs, over the years have really appreciated this hands on approach as they see so little of the live animals in their first year at Uni. Congratulations to Claire Boardman (Liverpool Uni) one of the first vet students on the farm who has just passed all her exams to be a full time vet!

Next show Great Yorkshire show Harrogate

14/ 15 / 16 July 200

water pigs

 

 

Cheshire County Show Reports

WOW! It was sow hot! But once the sides of the marquees were pulled down and a slight breeze filtered through the pigs did not get too stressed.

Red, Red, Red all the way - 2 champion rosettes and 8 firsts in what was a tremendous show - and the January Saddleback boar was sold from his pen.

Congratulations to Brian Mulkeen who's Saddleback January gilt won the Saddleback Championship and went on to be the best on the day of over 70 pigs. (I have this gilts father on my farm!)

Thanks to Carole for all her help showing the pigs and finding room in her trailer to transport the ones that would not fit in mine.Once again Margaret my wife for accommodation, food and drink and thanks to all the effort put in by Janice and her crew in providing once again an excellent happy programme and a supper on Tuesday night.

Next Show? Its the big one at Yorkshire Show on July 14/15/16 in Harrogate. See you there? Its probably the best pig show both in numbers of exhibitors / pigs and the quality of the pigs being exhibited. And of course its the final of the pig year, where my January Hampshire gilt has qualified.

 

Stafford Show

We took one wife, 2 grandchildren and nine pigs for this first show of the season, well done pigs for behaving so well, well done Harry and Imogen for showing the January gilts so proficiently and well done Margaret for supplying food, drink, and beds for the night.

So many blue (2nd) and Yellow (3rd) rosettes. My best pigs were beaten by pigs which went on to be show champion and breed champion so in that context it was a good show.

I tend to bring my pigs on slowly not pushing them to hard as they have to live and breed for many years. I will come good at the later shows in July, August and September.

 

Spring 2009

They are out to play again!

An early spring and dry weather allows turn out 2 weeks early for the show team, and the dry sows together with the boars, onto the paddocks sewn with a grain mix in October 08