A young entrepreneur from Sunderland hopes his pig breeding business will bring home enough bacon to buy him the latest must-have gadgets.
11 year old Charlie Hird decided to make his first fortune by raising 12 Saddleback Weaners for slaughter.
And to make sure he didn’t get too attached to the porkers, Charlie named them all after items he would like to buy with the profits, including ‘iPad’, ‘iPod’ and ‘Cricket Bat’.
He said: “My granddad was talking to me about it and he said he was worried I would get too attached to the pigs when it came to slaughter.
“I said that I probably wouldn’t because I’d given them names of things I want with the money.”
The meat will be sold to Charlie’s dad’s restaurant, the Italian Farmhouse in West Rainton.
Charlie hopes that his Gloucestershire old spot breeding sow, Sausage, will produce offspring to carry on the rare breed’s blood line.
Dad Mark Hird, managing director of Tavistock Leisure Ltd, said: “I’m very proud of him.
“I thought it was quite a funny and witty retort to what his Grandad was saying to him. That’s Charlie’s humour.
“But he doesn’t lose track of the main reason we decided to keep pigs which was to try to encourage the rare breed lines.”
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