In the rural journal: The small pigs visited for the pumpkins | Written by Andrea Meanwell
During the fall break, my son and his girlfriend organized a “Pumpkin Patch” event at our farm. In addition to selling pumpkins, we also had goats, sheep, hens, cows, and ponies for children to visit. We created a nature walk for children to enjoy, where they could spot wildlife and plant trees at the end. Each tree had a name tag attached to it, so the children can return next year and see how their tree has grown.
The animals on the farm were very cooperative during the open day. Everyone was able to spot the two red deer living near the River Lune, and the herons provided an impressive show, flying high and fishing along the river. The usually proud and distant fell ponies appeared curious and approached the fence, playfully tossing their manes and welcoming people to pet them.
The visitors had a great time, but we underestimated the demand for pumpkins. We were left with 150 pumpkins, which needed to be consumed quickly. To solve this problem, my son purchased four Tamworth pigs, a breed that originated from the ancient English forest pig.
We previously had pigs on our farm, but it has been a couple of years since then. We placed the pumpkins in an unoccupied barn along with some small bundles of straw. The pigs arrived after nightfall and eagerly made a bed for themselves in the straw. They settled in comfortably and drifted off to sleep. Currently, they are residing among the straw and pumpkins, consuming them and their designated pig food. Our intention is to breed two of the pigs and use the other two for meat for our family, although we may end up keeping all of these gentle female pigs.