Bred animal myself
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Posted Sep 24, 2011
We’ve been keeping pigs for nearly 2 years now and in that
time tried a variety of breeds. We’ve
had Gloucester Old Spots, Kune Kune’s, Tamworth’s and Oxford Sandy and Black’s
to name a few.
We’re passionate about pigs, and do all we can to give them
the best life we can. . . regardless of the fact that some are destined to become food, whilst others, become part of the
Our pigs are all free-range and live their life in a woodland
where their true personalities really stand out. The Tamworth for example . . . trust me, if
this pig finds a weakness in your fence, it WILL escape, that I can promise
But, it was the British Saddleback who won us over. At first I put it down to the fact that this
was the first breed we purchased . . .
you know the saying, you always remember your first! But no, I can honestly say the British
Saddleback has earned its place as our favourite pig.
We now have 5 resident Saddlebacks in the woodland (Babe,
Matilda, Lottie, Lucy and Lucky) and come rain or shine, they are always happy
to see you.
They are hardy pigs, meaning they are perfect for living
outdoors, freely. We’ve never had a
Saddleback try and escape . . . never had one think “hmm, maybe the grass is
greener on the other side”. In actual
fact, we often let Babe and Matilda out of their pens whilst we are working at
the piggery just to have them follow us around, it really is great!
Oh, and then there is the constant calling for a fuss. Whilst other pig breeds may only care about
what food you have bought with you, the Saddleback wants to say ‘hello’
first. When we arrive at the woodland
ours always walk over and rub their heads on your legs, until you give in and scratch
/ rub both their ears, and belly.
And then there is the trust element; we’ve had quite a few
pigs farrow in the woodland, and we always try and be there to help if any
problems arise. You’d imagine that
getting close to a sow at it’s most vulnerable moment would be an issue . . .
but no, myself and wife have been at every farrowing, sitting in the arc
watching every piglet take his / her first steps in the world. It really is a magical moment.
Whilst all this is lovely to say, we should not ignore the
fact that many people keep Saddlebacks for food, and we’re no different. The pork you get from a Saddleback is second
to none, the perfect balance of meat / fat . . . a joy to both cook and
eat. We only have a few rules at
HerePigPig . . . and apart from guaranteeing that each pig has a fantastic
life, we follow this “If a pig gets a name, it does not end up in the freezer”. Sounds easy to follow eh? Well, like I said before, we have 5 resident
Saddlebacks at already . . . even though we only meant to have 2 . . . they are
just so easy to get attached too . . . The British Saddleback - the perfect