Sunday, March 23, 2014

3 little piggies

It's pig raising time again here on CTF. This year we have 3 pigs, this time we have 3 boys and the breed is 'Long White'.

They are very shy at the moment and run away pretty much whenever we are around.  In their run they have some small pumpkins (and I mean small - we had a very disappointing crop this year - not enough rain!) and some kikuyu grass to munch on. This is supplemented with vege scraps and more pumpkins. Also they are getting cow's milk - we're hoping to source a good supply of that this year.

The ground in their run is very hard at the moment so it will take a bit of rain to soften it up enough for them to get their snouts in action. They will have a 2nd area to move into, a large paddock - when the grass has grown long enough, and they have turned over the soil for us. Pigs really are living ploughs, and they also fertilise as they go too, so it's 'win-win'.

Hopefully by shifting them to 'pastures new' this will work a lot better than previously. It means we can then plant out the original run with more fodder for the next lot of pigs. Timing, as always, is everything.


Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

How exciting. Because the ground is so had so this mean to are having to create a muddy wallow area for them so they do not get sunburnt?

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Fiona
Thanks for dropping by. Pigs love to wallow in a muddy puddle don't they!
We usually do this especially in summer. Now that we're in Autumn it's not so hot. The pigs also have their wee house to shelter from the sun.

Liz Clark said...

I'm pleased G got home okay with the piggies.!

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Ah...yes...well...I presume you saw him at the gas station?!!