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Locally Produced Free-range Organic Pork
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Call Helen Wade
01367850315


Tallet Barn
Eastleach Downs Farm Eastleach
Cirencester
Gloucs.
GL7 3PX
 
 
 
 

Farm Tour

Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter

Spring at Eastleach Downs.

At Eastleach Downs our pigs form an essential part of the farm’s rotation.
They provide fertility for the crops that follow, as we do not use any chemical sprays or fertilizers on our land, only good old-fashioned manure.

Spring Crop

The organic ethos is about working with nature and not against it.
The seeds that we plant are not treated with chemicals to deter birds so we lose some, but in return the birds help us by pecking up certain pests that live in the soil and could harm our crop.

Spring Clover


Clover is extremely valuable to the organic farmer as it has the ability to fix nutrients in the soil for use by other crops that we grow.

It is good for the soil structure and the pigs like to graze it (and they love to dig it up and eat the juicy roots too!)

To keep our pigs healthy we regularly move them to fresh ground; this avoids a build-up of parasites and ensures the land does not suffer too much damage from the pigs’ love for digging!!

Pig in Clover


Our sows are kept in groups with the boar until they are ready to give birth, known as farrowing.

They dig, graze and generally laze about, and if it gets too hot they begin to dig wallows which are muddy holes filled with water.

They will then roll in the wallow, “hippo-style” and coat themselves in mud which has a cooling effect as well as being a good sun block.

This is probably where the pig gets a bad name as being a dirty animal. In fact they are the cleanest of all farm animals and have a separate toilet area away from their bed.

At farrowing sows like some personal space, so they have an individual hut in which to give birth.

We provide our sows with everything they need to create a bed as they would in the wild. They enjoy making this and sometimes collect dried grass as well as the barley straw that we provide.

This keeps them busy and interested as they are intelligent creatures and can be destructive if they get bored (ring any bells, parents?)

Sow and Piglets


After a few days of being fiercely protective and only coming out to eat and drink, the sow feels comfortable enough to bring her litter out to meet others in the field (and to catch up with her friends!)

The piglets quickly learn that digging is fun and stay close to mum for the first few weeks.

Weaners

Our pigs are weaned off milk later than most – we find that the sow and her litter are both happier this way, and we have a piglet (or weaner as they are now known) that is strong and healthy and already on solid food.

Mum is ready for a rest by this time, too!

They are kept in their family groups throughout their life – our policy is not to mix them as pigs can be quite aggressive to strangers!

They are fed ad-lib, which means they have food available at any time and we have feeders that are pig-operated to keep them busy. We also give them a choice of food.

 

When the pigs reach the required weight they are transported by us, in their family groups, to an approved organic abattoir just 20 minutes away.