Monday, 14 February 2011

Latest Additions at Manor Farm

We had a valentines weekend supprise when Monica gave birth to a litter of 14 perfect piglets!! We were all amazed at the size of her litter, because Gloucester's tend to have much smaller litters. They are all doing nicely and getting stronger. With so many of them feeding time is a bit frantic, I think Monica is going to need plenty of energy to keep up with them. Pictures coming soon. They are all much spottier them Myrtle's litter who are now three weeks old. They are like little bullets tearing around playing with each other - it really is amazing how quick they grow!!

Again for anyone wanting to fatten pigs for the freezer our piglets are all for sale. £55 Gilts £50 Boars at 9 weeks old.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Old Spot News

The eight piglets born two weeks ago are thriving in the nursery with their mother Mrytle. They are enjoying regular feeds and are now running and playing with each other when they are not sleeping under their heat lamp keeping them as warm as toast.

Mrytle in the nursery feeeding eight very lively piglets (2 weeks old)

Mrytle's piglets are growing very rapidly. They now have access to their own mini water trough, and are starting to take their first few tastes of grower pellets (as well as regular milk feeds).

There is soon to be more activity in the labour ward. Today we set Monica up ready for farrowing. She is due tomorrow and looks extremely promising!! Needless to say we are very excitied! The heat lamps are set up in case she farrows when we are not with her to ensure that the piglets are kept warm. This is to ensure the piglets have maximum chance of survival.

Fingers crossed in my next post I shall bring more pictures of our spotty friends!

Some pictures from the spring of the Sheep

One of the Ryland ewes - Rylands are a Rare Breed and we have a small pure bred flock. There meat is very tender and fatter than a commercial lamb. The additional fat gives a great flavour.

One of our girls and her lamb - she is a North Counrtry Mule and the lamb's father was a Texel ram.
Two of last years crop of Lambs