So, it turns out that aptly named Porky Pig (pictured below) is around 20kg heavier than his brothers! That’s the weight of an entire sack of pig nuts. Clearly, his hoovering technique at breakfast and teatime has placed him in pole porcine position. Dave and Linda Aldous, the Oxford Sandy & Black breeders who sold us the trio of weaners back in August, kindly visited us on Saturday to assess whether we should attempt to slim Porky down or not and give the others a chance to catch up. Our concerns weren’t aesthetic, but based on James’s distaste for overly fatty bacon and flabby chops. Dave and Linda revealed the ultimate tool of their trade: a pig tape. Resembling a regular measuring tape, it is marked with centimetres on one side and kilos on the other. The latter being an estimate of the current slaughter weight of the pig were it to be sent to the abattoir. We fed the herd a small portion of pellets which distracted them sufficiently in order for Linda to place the tape around the significant girth of Porky. Next, James did the same for Naughty pig and while he weighed around 45kg, Porky was a stonking 65kg!
The plan is that for a few days over Christmas, when we’re around more, we’ll keep Porky in the old pigsty by the house so we can slim him down a bit on a lesser ration, while Naughty and Bully can put some pounds on. Anyone else have any unusual festive livestock plans?! Merry Christmas.