Simple porcine pleasures

Rootling around, munching on apples and snoozing in the afternoon: just a few of our herd’s favourite pastimes. Watching them doing these activities is inexplicably relaxing – it’s a great way to slow down and tune into the weekend, as is watching the hens peck and scratch about. Is it the animals’ concentration on the uncomplicated task in hand that’s absorbing in turn? Whatever the reason is, time watching farmyard creatures should be available on prescription.

Just a little light digging
Just a little light excavation

However, the porcine trio’s latest hobby has given us cause for alarm – what began as a crater around the elder tree in their enclosure, has turned into a full-scale archaeological-style excavation and it would appear that they intend to undermine its roots! I think they’re taking their rotovating duties a little far. They haven’t even finished clearing the land of nettles yet and seem to be going for maximum impact instead! Has anyone else had this problem? We’re thinking of putting in some stock fencing around the poor specimen to prevent root damage (not to mention the potential threat of frosts pending). Any advice for handling this blatant vandalism would be most welcome!

The pigs progressed from digging a crater in front of the tree on Friday to mining the ground all around it yesterday
The pigs progressed from digging a crater in front of the tree on Friday to mining the ground all around it yesterday

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