Over the last couple of years we've been entertaining notions of getting our own supply of bacon. We've heard that true free-range bacon is beyond any doubt the tastiest of all the pork products available and so we were eager to keep our own pigs to guarantee a good, healthy diet to produce a nicer product (that is truly free-range)! A little notice came in the local paper that someone was selling piglets at some nearby markets, so we rose early that Sunday morning ~ eager to get our order in before church. We need not have worried ~ the man sold few piglets all day, however the early rising enabled us the guarantee of both a sow & a boar ~ instead of buying "Christmas dinner" ( as they were advertised) we purchased a plethora of future "Christmas dinners"!!
Zai & Ellie have been the driving force behind the purchase of our furrowing friends ~ they have been so eager to get their own little business going, so we have handed the pig care completely over to them ~ the cleaning, the feeding, the loving.... you get it!! They then intend to sell any offspring the pigs produce. I am hoping over the years this will increase into lessons of genetics & breeding. They are doing well considering they only have two piglets so far ~ they already have their first sale lined up!! Of course one of the requirements is that we have as much meat as we need for free!
So Boris & Delores have quickly become much loved pets here in the fortnight they've lived at beautiful Sunnyside. They are eternally happy & constantly appear to be smiling ~ makes you smile right along with them! They were easily tamed with eggs (did you know that whole eggs are like lollies for pigs ~ they go crazy for them). They now sniff you for eggs every time you enter their paddock or pen! (No wonder they are happy ~ we are currently blessed with an excess of eggs!)
Why Boris & Delores???
They are named after the pigs in Footrot Flats of course!!!~ classical literature ( well um maybe not, but definitely very funny ~ and it has held even more giggles since we've moved onto the farm & had our own "footrot moments" !)
Pork, Bacon, Ham..... mmmm the years ahead hold so much tastiness!!
Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ what's been the highlight for you?