Marton Pig Club Blog

Blog today, gone tomorrow
November 16, 2009, 9:57 am
Filed under: Newsletters

Some of the more observant among you may have noticed it’s been some time since the blog was last updated.

This us largely because most conversations about the pig club happen via email and there is little benefit in putting them online.

If you would like my to resurrect the blog and start adding comments to it, just let me know. Email me at

You can also post comments yourselves if you feel like it.



Hippies and the Bosch unite against GM pigs
April 17, 2009, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Chatter

I read today on the BBC website that pig farmers and green campaigners in southern Germany are protesting against a patent for a genetic technique to breed meatier pigs.

Sounds like the antithesis of the Marton pig club.

Read more on the BBC website.

Pigs fly as the price of pork sores
April 15, 2009, 10:36 am
Filed under: Chatter

According to the Daily Telegraph, the price of a six pack of sausages from your local supermarket can cost as much as £2.09. That’s a price increase of 50% on last year. Apparently, the rise is due to declining European herds and greater demand for our pork from China.

We already know it tastes great but now we can laugh all the way to the bank too!

download a copy of the article

(Thanks to Cordelia for pointing out the article)

What you looking at?
March 31, 2009, 8:26 am
Filed under: Photographs

What you looking at?

On Your Farm
March 30, 2009, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Chatter

We had a whole show devoted to us on Radio 4, yesterday morning.

If you missed it, you can listen to On Your Farm on BBC iPlayer.

New, improved pig club
March 23, 2009, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Newsletters

We took delivery of 40 x sacks of Non-Organic feed this weekend. Many thanks to all who helped to get it into the store.

We will need a further order in due course but this will certainly last for a while.

Got some good feedback from Darren today regarding our new feed and water set up which seems to be working out quite well…

We have been on duty, at the field, for the past couple of days and I must say how much easier everything is now. Feeding and watering have become a doddle and involve a fraction of effort compared with our last crop. To this end I would like to say “thank you” and well done to all have made it happen in our absence.

It has been a real pleasure to be looking after them and they are lovely – and somehow really different to before. Some are very brave and inquisitive (particularly the smallest one who unwittingly made it to the troughs first today!) and others that appear to be overwhelmed by all the noise and newness of their surroundings. (The noise primarily coming from Cody our Chocy Lab who desperately wanted to make friends with them all).

We hope to get a hose to run from the tank over to the feed area which should make it even more straightforward. As soon as we can teach them to use a microwave we can cut it down to one visit a week!!

I hope to bring back another 10 slabs at the weekend to lay along the shelter -side of the feed area. When they’re all a bit bigger we’ll certainly need that bit of extra space.

See you all soon…

New rota
March 23, 2009, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Instructions

If you haven’t already got a copy of the new rota, you can download it here.