A few days ago Sir Humphrey boarded a trailer to be taken to his new home (and not on holiday, it really is a new home for him!). It was sad to see him go, especially as he’s now going to become (hopefully) a star as he’s on the front cover of my book (see link to the right).
However, he’s been awfully good at his job, and it was quite clear that he felt he was failing us. He tried several times to get in with Gaffer and Bernard. In fact I’d come out almost every day to find one or other of the gates on its side and Humphrey running back and forth in the alley between the pens. I think it would only have been a matter of time before he’d got in with the other two sows. Given how effective he has been that would have meant that we’d have had a couple more litters in the New Year, more or less the worst time from a weather perspective. I think (hope!) that he didn’t somehow make it in with them and then get out again without us noticing.
Finding Sir Humphrey a new home was probably one of the biggest parts of our animal reduction programme, as even though he is but a single pig, he has been responsible for the production of more animals on our holdings than anyone else (though Muga isn’t THAT far behind to be honest!). I think he’ll enjoy his new home though, and hope that his new carers get as much joy from him as we did.