Animal Farming

 
A Land Girl looking after pigs as part of training, probably at Cannington Farm, England, 1940 Source: IWM D199

A Land Girl looking after pigs as part of training, probably at Cannington Farm, Somerset, England, 1940
Source: IWM D199

Pigs…

Pigs were a valuable source of food for war-time Britain. Some Land Girls were responsible for their welfare, from birth to slaughter. Typical jobs surrounding the farming of pigs included:-

  • The mixing of ingredients for their food
  • Aiding the birth of piglets
  • Keeping records of the sows and each of their litters
  • Separating the different breeds (this was important due to the varying behaviours of different pig breeds and how they would react together).

 

And Lambs…

The welfare of lambs was also a very similar process, with a more motherly role being undertaken by the Land Girls. In many cases Land Girls had to feed the motherless lambs in addition to shearing the sheep. Land girls often grew attached to their animals, and were sometimes upset when sending them to slaughter – and subsequently having them served up on their plate as the Sunday roast!

Lambing Women's Land Army Collage

Click on the above collage to be taken to the ‘March Farming Activity of the Month’, which provides details on each image.