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80p Farmed food - Pigs

Farmed animals were brought in to add variety to the diet of the whalers, including sheep, poultry and pigs. Almost all whaling stations had heated piggeries and sustained populations of several hundred animals. During the summer, pigs were allowed to root on the flensing plan leading some to comment that the pork tasted of whale. Pork was also eaten by non-whalers and was a favourite of Anthony Bomford. He was part of the 1950’s survey team that created the first detailed maps of South Georgia’s interior. Along with farmed animals came forage in the form of hay either from Patagonia, the Falklands or Europe carrying with it many non-native plants whose populations still centre on the whaling stations.

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