Monday, 26 October 2009
Pig keeping - one week to go
The two gilts are booked in for next Monday. They are ready to go. They are certainly big enough...maybe a little too big. Using the length x girth method they weigh in over 100kg !! and with the change in the weather it's time. Their run is getting muddy and we are getting through quite a lot of straw, not to mention feed. Unfortunately they will miss most of the apple waste from the cider making, although we are doing our best to clear the veg. patch before they depart.
Over the next week we need to decide upon and draw up a cutting plan for the butcher. Both of the pigs were originally to be processed for gammon, sausages and bacon but the expense involved has cause us to rethink. We can either choose to have some of the meat back as pork joints, and maybe process them at a later date ourselves or try selling some of the meat to friends and redeem a proportion of the money spent that way.
Whatever we decide by this time next week we will no longer be pig keepers.. until then I will worry....will they escape from the trailer, will the trailer tip over ( impossible my husband reckons, pigs have a low center of gravity - whatever that means! ) will they be too fat or a real possibility too big for the scraping machine, which means they will have to be skinned (extra cost) will they be condemned...enough, enough all will be fine!!
Next year we will have forgotten the expense, the worry and the work and just remember what fun they were and how lovely the pork and bacon was and we will start looking for weaners again.