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GTFC197

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2011, 20:27 »
Finally got our herd number through, so we are now all legal, I hope.
Contacting envoiromental health to come and look at our kitchen set-up to see if we need to make any changes to be able to butcher our own meat at home. So much red-tape, but I suppose it's needed to be able to trace meats back to source. Sorting out food hygiene courses aswell.

Went to Autumn Show at East of England showground yesterday, quite a good day, found out alot of info by talking to people who were selling their own home produced meat, got alot of "hints & tips".

Pigs are doing a great job turning over what will be our veggie patch after they have gone to slaughter.

Replacement pigs will be starting on a new patch when they arrive next year, and when they go the next lot will be starting on another patch, then back to patch 1, and so -on.

Hopefully it will work.


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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2012, 10:07 »
Happy New Year to all :)
can't believe our "babies" will be leaving us in 2-3 weeks for that great freezer in the sky  :(

time has flown by so quickly, got to admit that getting the piggies was the best thing we have ever done, thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, definitely replacing with 2 more.

Not sure whether to stay with Berkshires or nor, all depends on how meat turns out.

Like to thank all who gave us advice, much appreciated. :blink:
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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2012, 10:26 »
lovely piggies, nice chops I hope  :blink:
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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2012, 10:39 »
can taste them already :lol:

he had just stood on OH foot, :lol:
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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2012, 19:12 »
Please let us know how they taste :blink:
I'll be getting some in a couple of months and need to know it's going to be worth the effort.
It's better to burn out than to fade away !!     ;)

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2012, 10:18 »
Will do, ;)
we can't wait to see if we've done everything correctly, these are our first pigs. :)

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2012, 17:48 »
Managed to put pigs ear tags in today, alot easier than I thought. :)

Expected lots of struggling, squealing, etc :ohmy:, but not a sound.

Amazing how you can distract with a bit of food. ;)

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2012, 18:08 »
Amazing how you can distract with a bit of food. ;)

 :lol:

We learnt that very early on with our small Shetland Sheepdog.  Needed brushing daily to get knots out from behind his ears and from his nether regions. 

To say that he did not enjoy the experience would be an understatement; to say that he had sharp teeth would also be an understatement.

To say that his greed for the bone-shaped biscuits outweighed his irritation at being brushed, would be true for quite a lot of the time!!
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2012, 10:50 »
brilliant, :lol:

pity it doesn't work with teenagers :D

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2012, 18:40 »
bit of a delay, but finally got pigs booked in for monday morning, gonna miss 'em. :( :(



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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2012, 19:41 »
don't worry they will soon be back with you - just in a different form  ;)
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2012, 21:17 »
I know, but it's the different form that I'm worried about, not knowing how the meat will turn out :unsure:

Saying that, we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and will be replacing them shortly,  as they say,

"you learn by your mistakes", just hope not too many. :lol:

Will let you all know the results, hopefully with pictures.

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2012, 23:32 »
Piggies gone to abattoir, :(  now waiting for opinion of butcher to see how meat turned out.

poor old Babs had a few tears, :( but she insisted on coming with me to take them.

Already told lady we bought them off that we will be wanting 2 more if meat ok, her sow is due another litter any day, so weaners shoulld be ready approx 8 weeks.


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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2012, 08:38 »
How exciting to be able to have your own pork for tea. I hope it is wonderful!
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

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Re: piggies here we come..
« Reply #44 on: January 24, 2012, 22:44 »
C'mon GTFC.........I can't wait to hear the results!



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