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Joined: 27 Aug 2009
Posts: 2677

PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 13 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

vegplot wrote:
Welcome Anni.

You'll find plenty of pig and chicken lovers here.

Odd bunch.


odd never.........strange from time to time


btw hello

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4498
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 13 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Shwmae Anni,

Where about`s in Wales are you located,
I`m near Lampeter,mainly Wild Boar i keep now.

ANNI



Joined: 19 Sep 2013
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 13 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hi thank you so much for all the replys thats great. i am not odd [only a bit] but i smell odd so im told. i cant get the smilys to work so its a big smile from me

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24583
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 13 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Croeso Anni. Where in Wales?

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bonjour from France

I keep pigs and chickens amongst other things - I too might sometimes smell a bit different

What type of pigs have you got?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 14798

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Welcome

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 7365
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hello and welcome.

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9089
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi Anni, welcome in to DS

in the hills



Joined: 19 Sep 2013
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi Anni

Just joined too.
We are in Powys. Between Welshpool and Newtown.

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Posts: 6968

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hello and welcome - (smile)

Pel



Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 2366
Location: Sennybridge
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 13 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Welcome Anni. I'm a big piggy fan (and most farm stock), which bit of wales are you from? I'm South of Aberystwyth.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24583
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 13 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

in the hills: I'm north and west of Welshpool, not far from Llanfair Caereinion. Used to keep pigs, ducks, hens...

Somewhere-by-the-river



Joined: 16 Sep 2013
Posts: 56
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 12:22 pm    Post subject: welcome Reply with quote
    

Hi Anni

We're new to Wales and Downsizers (though we've known of them for a while through a relative). We've so far got pheasants and chickens - nearly persuaded my husband on the pig, but still working on that Not sure where exactly you are but we're near Llandeilo...

ANNI



Joined: 19 Sep 2013
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 13 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hi thank you all for your kind replys i had 2 of my pigs slaughtered on friday [very traumatic for my piggys and me, was in tears ] the saddleback was very fatty and the welsh was not ?both fed the same dont know why she layed down more fat than the other one i am sure someone can advise me i am near whitland by the way thanks

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2201
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 13 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi ANNI, we all understand how hard the first time is, but you gave them a good life, probably better than many. If rare breeds animals were not bred and eaten there would either be no more rare breeds, or we would be sinking under the weight of the various rare breeds. One reason for fatty pigs at slaughter can be over feeding in the later stages of fattening, when you should be restricting the intake so that the food only lays down meat and not fatty tissue. You do need a certain amount of fat in animals but you need to control how much, mainly due to the cost of feed. It takes 2.5 times more feed to lay down a kilo of fat than it does a kilo of lean. I can't tell you exactly what amount of food you should be feeding but I have no doubt that there are pig keepers on here who can. Oaklands pigs, for example, runs pig keeping courses and has a book. I am sure if you messaged him he may be able to help; there are of course lots of books which can help, Haynes guide to pig keeping is very good by Liz Shankland, as is Andy Case's book 'Starting with pigs' Both are available at the library for free!
I am sure the next lot will be easier for you. David.

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