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Digging - cockchafers...

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:18 pm
by CarolineB
further to our previosu threads on digging (and I'm in Cumbria, one of the "digging" locations), we have a new theory on why our KKs dig.

Our KKs have started again (the weaners - our 2yo sow isnt' interested as it's too much effort to dig) - and they started at exactly the same time as the badgers have started coming out and digging up my FIL's field. Apparantly it's because it's cockchafer season - and these beetle things leave fat maggoty grubs in teh ground and badgers love them. They make such a mess of FIL's field, so they've sprayed it and then rollered it to get rid of the cockchafers.

I'll bet my bottom dollar that's why our pigs dig for a certain part of the year too.

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:41 pm
by blightowler
Hi Caroline
Interestingly my pigs haven't dug this year (all 2 years old) I think we've had the worst of the rain, east of Carlisle, and the ground is soggy. There is time yet but here's hoping
Brian