Post your pictures of farm-animals

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Hen3ry
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A rare pig -- the "nearest to the wild" Tamworth

Visiting Brisbane in 2010, I asked my cousin, Gayle, to take me out to Mark Tully's rare chooks (chickens) and pigs, etc, farm at Helidon.

Cousin Gayle and a Tamworth piglet. The now endangered, orangeBlue Hills haired Tamworth breed is one of the closest of domestic pigs to the wild. They can actually plough a furrow with their nose! A half a century plus ago when I was a lad growing up on our small farm outside Melbourne in Australia we raised Berkshire and Large White pigs. I was fascinated by the hardy Tamworth breed, though, and there were hundreds of pig farms around the country stocked with Tamworth. Now there are only a few hundred Tamworth breeding sows in the whole world!!!  The same goes for the Wessex Saddleback, Large Black, Berkshire, and even the Large White -- all displaced by an amorphous big white pig bred for super growth and now stocking pig farms around the world. And the same goes for other domesticated animals including birds.

I love pigs! 

Blue Hills is handily situated in conjunction of two creeks -- a huge advantage in normal times but a total disadvantage when freak flash floods roared through the area, killing people and stock, and causing huge property damage from Toowoomba to Brisbane in 2011.

They wiped out Mark's farm (along with those of his neighbors) and swept away most of the animals. Check out the Blue Hills site. Fascinating stuff about the loss of critical populations of original domesticated breeds.

Cheers, geoff

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baxters Veteran Member • Posts: 4,992
Re: Post your pictures of farm-animals

At the county fair.

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RealPancho
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My neighbors

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RealPancho
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Apologies

Sorry, I meant to reply to the thread, not to you individually. I don't like how you can't delete your own posts.

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Marla
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Re: A rare pig -- the "nearest to the wild" Tamworth

I love this shot!  I love this pig (never thought I'd say that)!  What a sweet animal!

This is very interesting, and I want to thank you for all the information and history.  I really enjoyed reading your post.

Thanks!

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Roberto Angelo
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Heading back to the farm
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Roberto Angelo
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Re: Heading back to the farm, were invisible, now ok, I think

Edit: seems ok now

The photos are visible before I post and in edit, but not in normal thread view. Sorry. Can't delete the post. If you click on the image, it does seem to open.

Any suggestions. Have done this before without problems.

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call me Skippy OP Forum Member • Posts: 71
Re: Is that legal? (nm)

What do you mean? Of course it is - as long as you ask the farmer.

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minniev Senior Member • Posts: 2,052
a lot of sheep
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Basque farm near Bodie California

Atwater Forum Member • Posts: 83
Re: Post your pictures of farm-animals
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What-- no food?

it's soft, but oh well! (G1 with 14-45mm)

Thanks for starting the thread.

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