I’m on holiday in a beautiful corner of rural Dorset. The hamlet is sandwiched tightly between Devon and Somerset, so I have three great farming counties to explore for the price of one.
My temporary abode is a traditional stone cottage on a small stock farm.
Alongside the cottage is an orchard full of fruit-laden trees, and next to that is a large pig pen where presently three friendly Tamworth-cross gilts reside.
My wife is taking some convincing that I had no knowledge of the porcine neighbours when our accommodation was booked.
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About the authorRob McGregorLivestock Farmer Focus writer
LSB Pigs runs 1,550 sows in two outdoor herds to produce weaners under a contract agreement. Rob manages the operation which fits into a barley and sugar beet rotation on rented land near Fakenham, Norfolk.Read more articles by Rob McGregor