The weather is a constant challenge to pig keepers and this week has been no exception, as temperatures soar to above 35 degrees here in SW France. At Le Logis we are lucky to have a few shady spots for our rare breed pigs, however there are times when shade is a challenge for keeper and pig . Continue reading
They won’t breed when you want, but do when you don’t;
They could if they would, but somehow, they just won’t.
A more obstinate creature, you never have seen.
taken from a poem in the May 1982 edition of the ARK, contributed by Geoffrey Cloke
For some time now we have been struggling to get some of our sows/gilts in pig (pregnant). After much hair pulling we took the decision to give them all one last chance. After all, breeding pigs is a costly business.
Hope you are having a good time in your new home. Where I am sure – you have found plenty of girls to keep you busy.
Just a quick note to let you know the damage you left behind. You have 8 sons and 1 daughters born late last night. All doing well and no thanks to you!
Maisy and Daisy the other 2 Berkshires that you were ‘friendly’ with are also due next week – how could you!
During the past year here at Le Logis we have had a lot of support from various corners of the globe …. but just down the road we were fortunate to meet a wonderful couple who share the same passion for rare breed pigs. Sue and Martin Hulme.
Sue has lent me some of her “ARK” magazines published by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST), and as I was thumbing through one I came across this poem in the May 1982 edition, contributed by Geoffrey Cloke. I think this really hits the spot.
Moving pigs is never easy, especially when you have their piglets in tow . However, Wilma and Bluebell our Berkshire and Middle White Sows couldn’t wait to see the green grass after farrowing in the barns.
Occasionally you wake up in the morning and things are not quite what they should be.
Shout to husband who is fast asleep – “There is a cow in the garden” he responds “Okay don’t worry!”
I wasn’t really worried and the cows were being very thoughtful. Sidestepping the shallots and onions. Although they did make a beeline for the plums on the tree. OH not pleased as he makes the jam and it seems that most fruit will be in short supply this year due to the weather. Making light of this I said” Worst things happen at sea” which completely was the wrong thing to say as he treads in another cow pat.
Now …this has got me thinking they were really lovely (Parthenaise) cows and I love my beef. Not that I would want a herd but thinking about raising 2 for beef. Need to raise this subject when he is in a better mood.
Okay so he looks grumpy but it is 7 in the morning – even the pigs aren’t up yet!
If you happen to be passing by Le Logis a familar sight will be a Gloucestershire Old Spot sow and her 6 piglets taking a turn in the court yard – or the piglets just having a snooze if it is all too much.
Gloria had farrowed 5 days earlier and we were hoping to move her to the back field from the barn – but she clearly was not well so we kept her close by. She made herself at home. With the barn door open, she wanders freely with piglets in our front court yard, much to the amusement of anyone who is passing by. Have to admit they are show stoppers and will miss them when they go to their new homes.