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Enthusiastic Gardner

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Post Pig touchdown
Finally managed to get my pigs moved from Quatre-Saison yesterday.

They are holidaying up the road for a week or so while I finalize arrangements for them.

The boys were in today and put up about 800 metres of hinge joint and delivered 12 new cattle panels for me. They used my tractor to move some fallen trees and put the backhoe back on the TPL for me- bonus!

Things are gradually coming together.

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:57 pm
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Post Re: Pig touchdown
Great news I bet you are very excited.

Can I assume the are wessex saddlebacks as noted in your signature block.

I recently sold mine as we were going to sell up and downsize but that has since changed. Luckily i sold mine to a neighbour and I can buy back some of the progeny.


Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:09 pm
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Mark, two Wessex and four Berkshires.

Just need to get a Large White boar, but Carole has given me a lead in that direction!

Cheers,
Alan

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:04 pm
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Question for you Alan, are the berkshires bigger or smaller than saddlebacks or are they relatively the same size when mature?


Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:28 pm
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Post Re: Pig touchdown
These are my first pigs so you probably need to ask Cai or Carole as both have experience with these breeds.

Cheers,
Alan

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Post Re: Pig touchdown
Congratulations again you are quickly gathering quite the menagerie!
I've found the saddlebacks to be slightly larger but it really depends on the strain.

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Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:47 am
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Saddlebacks are slightly taller with larger overall frames but tend to be slimmer than berkshires that are pudgy and round- very barrel like when mature- weight wise i think they would be on a par though- though pound for pound there is more between them in the butchering. they are traditionally for different purposes- saddlebacks are longer bodied 'bacon' pigs and berkshires are wonderful 'lard' pigs (meaning they have succulent roasting/grilling properties for joints and chops)
see
http://quatre-saisons.com.au/upload/fil ... 20Pigs.pdf

for more info

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Dexter & traditional purebred Jersey cattle; Dorper sheep; Berkshire Piggies; heritage rare breed chooks, duckies & guinea fowl Mad little pomeranians & Maremma dogs- & still learning about it all.


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