The pigs have arrived at Rootdown! How exciting.
They arrived at the very end of our work day, so I only got a brief chance to see them and say hi, but I am definitely smitten already. While they seemed hot and a little bothered from their trailer ride from the lower mainland (Chilliwack, I believe), they seemed to start getting very comfortable with their new digs very quickly. It took them no time at all to find their water (and climb into it to cool down!), and to start chowing down on the grass and rooting around with their noses for tasty – you guessed it – roots.
They are Tamworth-Berkshire cross, and Sarah and Simone sell them through a Pig Share program. People pay a deposit early in the season on either a half or a whole pig, and then pay the remaining cost once all is said and done and the pigs have been to the butcher. Tamworth pigs are a hardy breed that are good on pasture, and Berkshire are renown for the amazing flavour of their meat. I’ve yet to try pork from a Berkshire pig, but it sounds like a pretty good mix to me.
Later this week we will start training them on the electric fence, (by running electric fencing just on the inside of metal fencing) so that by the end of the week we can do away with the heavier duty metal fencing, and give them a larger run using only electric fence to keep them where they are supposed to be. And least that is the theory, we’ll see how it goes in actual practice!
Much more to come on the topic of pigs later, you can be sure.