Happy as a Pig in Mud

Happines: pigs, freedom, mud and (lots of) food!

Happines: pigs, freedom, mud and (lots of) food!

I just love these Wessex saddleback pigs and you should have seen them running, grunting and even squealing as they ran towards the fence in anticipation of a feed. They are free range and live on a property near Perth in northern Tasmania and dare I say, are as happy as pigs in mud. They are being raised for the plate at the Red Feather Inn under the watchful eye of Lee Christmas who is the chef and teacher at the gourmet cooking school there.

Lee's Wessex Saddlebacks are free to roam

Lee's Wessex Saddlebacks are free to roam

Compared with the hybridised pigs in the commercial market, these pigs are pure breds of what is now a rare breed but one which used to be pretty popular in Tasmania in the days when dairy farms sent the cream to the butter factory and the skim milk to the pigs on the property.

Lee in his cooking school at the Red Feather Inn

Lee in his cooking school at the Red Feather Inn

Just as with seeds, it is critical that we maintain the genetic diversity in animals or risk disease wiping out the whole lot. We need to resurrect the old breeds and to do that we have to encourage free range pigs bringing high prices and a customer base which is prepared to pay more for meat that is sustainably and ethically produced. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Piling on the pounds and loving it!

Piling on the pounds and loving it!

3 thoughts on “Happy as a Pig in Mud

  1. As someone living on an organic farm raising free range purebreds (chickens in my case), you do start to think after a while that you’re fighting alone sometimes.

    It’s nice to see pigs doing what they love to do, instead of being shoved into packing crates, and being treated like concrete slabs that produce meat and poo.

    Thanks for making me feel that bit happier.

    Leanne at Cluttercut

  2. I love pork. But I’m increasingly concerned about the factory farming techniques used to raise it. More power to the farmers elbow for raising genuinely free range animals.

  3. Dear David,
    Apparently even free ranged pork sold at some outlets are not really genuine? I was told that only the piglets are free range and the sows still put in pens ? and they can still say free range? can you enlighten me on this true or false? we dont eat much pork, maybe once a year..
    It has actually put my husband and I off eating a lot of any kind of meat..The butcher at Lindisfarne has free ranged pork, from a farmer at Scottsdale. I dont know how many farmers there are up North, but wasnt it not a farmer who was brought to court over cruelty to his pigs? who also was at Scottsdale. it is wonderful that the legislation will ban all pen pigs by 2017. I just cringed for the pigs in the mean time….
    Regards,
    Christine…..

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