2014 at Emma's Pigs
2014 is set to be a really exciting year for us here at Emma's Pigs. We have at long last sorted the planning permission, cleared the conditions and secured the finance for our new farmhouse.
All we need now is a good stretch of dry weather in order to get going!
For anyone who has ever thought of building their own house we intend to keep a record of our progress. We will be quite honest, recording the highs the lows, the emotional stresses and joys and even the performance against our programme and budget. It will be our very own 'Grand Design' project on a more modest scale. You can follow our progress on our sister website AshMeadowFarm.co.uk
During this build period we have had to scale back much of what we are doing in order to free up some time to work on the farmhouse.
We will however still be seen around the country at various country fairs and shows.
Please come and say hello if you see us out and about, it is always really great to have a chat with other Traditional British Pig fans.
Amongst other places you will be able to find us at
- Ross on Wye May Fair
- Malvern Food Festival
- Asparafest Festival (Evesham)
- Herefordshire Country Fair
- Herefordshire Food Festival
- Monmouthshire Country fair
- Tintern Summer Fair
Our pigs will of course know nothing of our upset routine this year. They will still need feeding twice a day and will expect it to be on time! They will no doubt farrow at the most inconvenient times and we will have to stop what we are doing to prioritise them. Just as it should be according to Acorn and Berry, our oldest sows.
As if to prove the point Acorn (shown here) had her piglets early, when we were away and left a very kind neighbour to sort out the problem. Not only was her timing inconvenient, but for the first time ever she got into difficulty farrowing and the vet had to be called. Fortunately our fantastic vet came out straight away and by the time we returned Acorn and her surviving piglets were sleeping peacefully in their ark.
A huge 'thank you' to Julia for holding the fort during this difficult time and to Belmont Vet Centre for coming out so quickly - on a bank holiday!
Here Acorn's piglets are sleeping happily, totally unaware of the chaos caused by their early arrival.
Emma's Pigs, Bycross Cottage, Bycross, Herefordshire. HR2 9LJ