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New Arrivals

October 30, 2011

It’s been a week since sausage saturday and we are still overwhelmed with the response from residents and the feedback we have had about the quality of our produce. However much we think our pork is great, the fact that really discerning local customers agree is heart-warming to say the least.

The cycle of farming even on a small scale is incredible. Back in July Basil the pure bred middle white boar came to stay with our 1 year old gilt, Pearl. Three months, three weeks and three days later just like clockwork Pearl started farrowing on Friday night at 6pm and by 3.30am she had 7 lovely little middle white piglets. Although we were on hand to assist if required, Pearl was remarkable in delivering, cleaning and feeding her offspring, without any assistance and by pure instinct alone.

We had a sleepless night running back and forth to check all was ok, but the birth was text book perfect. Pearl cleaned up the Ark, made a nest from straw and then settled down to feed her litter. As first timers, we had moments of concern which were addressed via a hotline and many calls to our friend Graham at Wildcroft Rare Breeds, plus one or two calls to our original Mentor Tony York at Pig Paradise and our friendly vet at Hunters Lodge with calls of “should this be happening.. or what do we do if…” we got through the panic while Pearl did all the hard work, taking the whole thing in her stride.

Thanks to Pearl (and Basil of course), the Heatherhurst Grange story evolves further with the creation of our own stock born right here in Deepcut. Our registration with the Pig Breeders Association is complete and our venture to develop our sustainable local smallholding goes on….

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10 comments

  1. Hello

    Are your sausages wheat and gluten free?


  2. Hi, we’re wanting to experiment with middle whites – do you ever have breeding stock for sale?


    • Hi, we have one litter currently which will be weaned early in the new year. Both boar and sow are registered and piglets will be birth notified this week ready for registering if required. The gilts are gone/spoken for but we do have boars left. What in particular were you after ?


    • Yes, it's about gntiteg out and doing something when you have small ones. I am struggling with that today as I was up most of the night trying to get my five month old to sleep and now in the morning my almost three year old is raring to go. I really need to do an inventory about the good things. Great post!


    • Hello! I just love the logo you used on your new biz cards what font is that? I want to add it to my collection of fonts Is it aldraey in Photoshop or did you download it? Love your pictures too are you going to be doing Christmas cards (I want to get them done early this year!!)? Do you have a mini-session for them? Do you provide a digital collection, if so what is the additional charges. Great finding you and your font ha! All the best, Angie.


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