Kent, United Kingdom
Posted Jul 24, 2015
Well we had pigs - they had a little paddock just beyond the meadow for the sheep. We got them from the women's prison near Maidstone. Great idea - prison farms but the government prefers to shut them down and keep humans and pigs alike in battery farm conditions. We have a long way to go in human & animal welfare.
Well pigs are great. Our main pig keeper used to say "a dog looks up at you, a cat looks down at you but a pig looks you in the eye".
The pigs, on the whole, were well behaved. They loved a scratch behind the ears. They'd chat with humans and sheep alike. And they would escape.
Once we were sat at dinner when a merry trio were seen heading towards the main gate and the (very busy) lane. Dinner abruptly halts and each amateur pig herder is out there chasing them back across the narrow bridge across the wide sheep field and thankfully back into the enclosure. It seems that scratching against a metal wire fence is a very effective escape plan. Thank goodness for bailer twine.