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three little pigs (and one even littler one)

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Dear vegetarian friends,

It's a long way between meat-free May and vegetarianism and my back paddock right now. 

I just want to tell you this: if we are going to eat meat then we're committed to raising it ourselves if we can, and buying ethically and locally raised meat if we can't. Happy, cared-for animals who live peaceful and unfettered lives on pasture. I think it's what all thinking people want, really.

Yes, these pigs will become bacon. And we are being careful with the children so as to not confuse them in their excitement and love for animals and their dinner plates. 

Turns out kids are more flexible than I thought. 

These pigs, who just arrived today in the back of my station wagon, are also going to dig out the paddock on Mum and Dad's nearby farm in which Adam and I will be planting more coffee trees at the end of the year. Better than Roundup, we think. (We are yet to prove our method to my Dad!)

They'll work over the pasture in fenced segments, eating it up, digging their manure into the soil. Perfect tractors. 

They're here, over at our place, until they are a bit bigger. 

Being super cute. 

And very, very funny to watch.

 

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They have their very own comic timing. 

 

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We have three who are about 6 weeks old from one litter and this one, above, about two weeks younger. He is super cute.

 

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Only problem will be splitting all the scraps between the chooks, the pigs and the worms! The pigs got all the old bread today, soaked in water. They hit jackpot with a failed malt loaf I've been working on! Hopefully they won't get too many more loaves before it's good to blog.

Malt loaf. Appropriate for vegetarians.

Yours in respect for animals, (and we hope you'll still come and visit),

Fiona

xxx

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P.S. Thanks to our friend Darren who led the way with pig-raising on small acre lots, and who put us in touch with the breeder. You rock, mate.

xxx

11 Comments on “three little pigs (and one even littler one)

Tricia
September 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Exciting! The pigs and the new coffee bushes. I love that you’ll be skipping the roundup. That littlest pig is super cute. Enjoy 🙂

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Tricia
September 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

oh, and i meant to say, about splitting the scraps, I have three small bins (and a fourth plastic container because I havn’t gotten around to getting a new bin) sitting at the end of my kitchen bench. One is for the compost, another for the worms, another for the chooks, and the last for the Guinea pigs. It dosn’t look too bad and makes sorting scraps easy.

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Jo
September 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm

If only all meat eaters were so aware and considerate of where their food came from and how it was treated. I think we are both ‘2 fingers up’ to the horrid fast food giants in our separate ways. Love the idea of the pigs clearing the land for you. Maybe truffles next? 🙂

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Gillian
September 21, 2011 at 7:03 am

I think raising your own animals for meat is a great idea. I don’t think we have room for pigs but I’m trying to convince Chris that meat chickens would be a good idea. Neither of us wants to do the killing/plucking bit though. I guess you’ve got farming in your blood so not such an issue?

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lily boot
September 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

I have raging pig envy. They are so fabulous – haven’t they got such expressive little faces. I hope you post more about their time at Buena Vista farm and the technicalities of raising pigs – something we definitely want to do. Enjoy!

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michelle
September 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Good luck with your porkers! They are so cute! I hope they work out and you can convince your dad that there is an alternative to Roundup.

How are the kids going with the concept? My husband’s parents kill their own cattle, lambs, goats and chooks and my boys are happy to eat them, but my daughter gets a bit squeamish. I hope we get to hear more about them.

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rakster
September 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

ooh. good luck. our newest chickens have started laying. news on our block!

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Stacey
September 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Look forward to hearing your adventures and seeing your malt loaf. I use an UK recipe that my hubby loves.

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Jodie
September 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Fabulous Fi! I totally agree with your thoughts on kids being flexible: I clearly remember playing with a friend’s piglet fully knowing that they would later be eating him. I also remember tucking into roast pork at their place some months later and having them calmly announce “we’re eating Cecil” and not being at all perturbed!

Enjoy them now, enjoy them later! 🙂

xx J.

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Charley @Secret_Water
September 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

They are very photogenic! Buena Vista Pork Scratchings at the markets next year? 🙂 On the size or our new block we’ll still probably have to stick with guinea pigs (and maybe some chooks). As a child I ate hand reared pigs that were slaightered on the farm. The taste is somehting quite different to your average supermarket chop which I avoid at all costs and hence rarely eat these days unless I can get my hands on a nice piece of Bangalow Pork. Looking forward to the malt loaf recipe. I lived on “Doreens having her Sorren” at Uni but have hardly ever been able to buy it here in Aus.

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alison@thisbloominglife
September 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been toying with the idea of pigs but water is an issue here. I’ve struggled with the eat what we produce. I can do it, but I don’t enjoy it like I thought I would. As a comprise, we sell off our weaners to a biodynamic farming friend and buy meat back. It works for me…

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