Following my post a week or so ago about our new pig he duly arrived last Wednesday evening. I went to our friends’ field to see him and his brother arrive and be introduced to their new home – as I mentioned before our friends have one pig and we have the other as they need to be kept in at least pairs (who would have thought that pigs were so sociable!). They are 11 week old Tamworth piglets and are already a decent size, far bigger than I was expecting.
After some squealing as they were taken from the trailer to the pen, they took to their new environment very quickly and were soon rooting around, turning up the ground and generally enjoying themselves.
Unfortunately it was too late for the kids to come with me as it was a school night so they were unable to see them arrive but the excitement is high nonetheless. They have already named him Wilbur, after the pig in Charlotte’s Web which my eldest daughter is reading at school, and we have had a number of interesting conversations about what is going to happen to him. We have been very clear to point out that he is not a pet and we have discussed how important it is that animals that become our food have the best life possible. The conditions in which some of the bacon we find on the shelves of our supermarkets has been raised is appalling and something we will be returning to in future posts.