Do we know a lot about pig rearing?: no. Have any of us kept pigs before?: no. Are we willing to learn?: yes. Can we built a fence?: yes (as the photographs below show).
The next question to be answered is: which pig to pick? We haven't decided that yet but I think we are leaning towards a traditional breed as the meat is reputed to taste better. Cornish Blacks are definitely a possibility as we can buy them in from a breeder not too far from us. But democracy dictates that this needs to be decided by the group. More of that later as I detail our journey from today to sitting down to our own pork/ham/gammon/sausages later in the year. And, before I forget, I must say that we have a name for 'our' pig already: it's going to be called Diesel. Named by Grandson #1 after a type of train in Thomas the Tank Engine. And why not?
|Fence posts and ready for bracing and wiring.|
|How many men does it take to put a nail in? Four apparently.|
|A rather splendid example of a triple-braced post. Modesty prevents me from saying who was one half of the bracing team responsible for this.|
|They may be off somewhere exotic but I didn't envy them. There's nowhere quite like Cornwall when the weather's this good.|
|Lunch - bacon bap and leek and potato soup. Thank you Lyn, Hannah, Kathryn and Debs.|
|The pigs will have a fine view across to Devon and Dartmoor. Do pigs appreciate such things?|
|The other half of the bracing team having fun with a brace and bit, getting ready to fix a hanging bracket for a gate.|
|A finished stretch of fence - guaranteed pig proof. But just to be on the safe side, there will be a strand of electric wire to discourage any porcine pushing.|
|And another stretch. It's looking good. Mmmm, looks like I'm developing an unhealthy fascination with fences.|
|The Brotherhood of Pork looking pleased with ourselves after completing the job. Next step: getting the weaners in.|