The pigs were in Coshocton for the past month so they could spend some time with their (possible?) baby-daddy Hillbilly. The whole time they were gone, we kept looking out the kitchen window to their empty pen and sighing. We missed them smacking their lips while they chewed with their mouths open and them running to greet us when we come to feed them… if it’s warm and sunny enough for them to get out of bed, that is. So in honor of the girls finally returning home, it’s time for their Meet & Greet!
The pigs are my absolute favorite, if you can’t tell. I started suggesting we get some piglets immediately after GiGi and PopPop moved up to the farm. They were a bit skeptical as to whether they would be a good fit for us but I must have won them over because my next birthday came with three surprise feeder piglets 🙂 We raised those little guys for six months then took them all to the butcher. When it came time to buy the next year’s feeder pigs, though, we started to think about maybe keeping a breeding sow. We always lean towards heritage animal breeds because we believe in continuing the positive traits valued in previous generations rather than the for-profit traits valued in today’s commercial breeds. So GiGi did lots of research and settled on the Gloucestershire Old Spot as the best fit for our farm.
Since we still wanted pork last year, we also bought some feeder piglets to raise spring-to-fall and take to butcher. The four gilts (female pigs who haven’t had any babies yet) were named after Game of Thrones characters who eventually died in the series… I know, I’m a bit weird. ***SPOILER ALERT*** If you’re a fan of the show/book series but you’re not up to date, don’t read the next sentence. ***END SPOILER ALERT*** They were named Elia, Catelyn, Shae, and Ygritte, all characters who met untimely ends in the series. A lot of people find it uncomfortable to name the animals they intend to eat but I obviously don’t (and I imagine neither would George R.R. Martin).
That leaves us with our adorable Old Spots, Dany and Arry. They are also named for characters from the Song of Ice and Fire series but (so far) their characters are still alive. Arry’s full name is Arya Stark, Princess of House Winterfell. Dany’s real name is Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name- Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Meereen, Princess of Dragonstone. So they’re kind of a big deal 🙂 GiGi and PopPop went to pick them up from breeding camp (which is a lot more fun than butcher camp, I imagine) last Thursday. The Old Spots are much quieter than the feeder pigs we’ve raised and quite a bit friendlier. They love getting head scratches and getting brushed. We’re so happy to have them back where they belong and we’re looking forward to (hopefully) having a bunch of little piglets running around in a couple of months!
Welcome home piggies!!!