Final preparations

Some last-minute preparations and planning for the pigs journey – it’ll be their only time out of Northumberland! We’re very glad that we decided to try having pigs but also glad that they are on their way in good time before any really bad weather sets in.

It was a frosty morning on Friday with a light dusting of snow so it can’t be long until we begin to experience our first full winter in the North Pennines. All relevant preparations for that are well underway including winter tyres, warm clothing, salt/grit and the like!

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The final Friday weigh-in

The usual calculation has been repeated yet again with the expected minor increases in their overall dimensions…

Twirly

Heart Girth (measuring around the body just behind the front legs) = 0.96 m

Length (measured from between the ears to the base of the tail) = 1.04 m

This means that the approximate weight is: (0.96 ² x 1.04 x 69.3) = 66.4 kg

No Tail

Heart Girth (measuring around the body just behind the front legs) = 1.04 m

Length (measured from between the ears to the base of the tail) = 1.1m

This means that the approximate weight is: (1.04 ² x 1.1 x 69.3) = 82.5 kg

Conclusion

Apart from one of them being a little lighter than I might have wanted, the only concern now is whether the remaining pig feed will last until Sunday morning. If it doesn’t then that’s a trip to Carrs Billington to get another 20kg bag for just one or two feeds but it can’t be helped I suppose…

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