Some of our guests were lucky enough to be staying in Nant when Magldi, one of our Kune Kune pigs gave birth. A bit of a surprise as we didn’t know she was pregnant. We had borrowed Hafren, a pedigree Kune Kune boar from some friends before Christmas. His breeding abilities weren’t proven however and unfortunately he didn’t seem very interested in our girls. We tried playing a Barry White CD and introduced some soft lighting to the pig sty but eventually presumed that the ‘chemistry’ just wasn’t right.
3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days later (the length of a pigs pregnancy) and Hafrens credentials are irrefutable. And now that we’re paying a bit more attention our other sow also seems to be “in pig”. I’ll keep you posted.
Well our other pig, Pauline, did have piglets. This time luckily we were more prepared. A holding pen complete with warming lamp and clean bedding was all ready.
They all seem to be doing well and growing at an incredible rate as you can see from the photos below. I took the pictures in our back garden. I was trying to get a spring like picture together to use for a mail shot. What you can’t see is Gwion, Gwion’s mum, our two daughters and our border collie just out of shot trying despretly to persuade the pigs to stay in this corner of our garden. Piglets are surprisingly quick on their trotters!