Off they go…
When we got these little ones over 6 months ago, we knew what their purpose joining us here on the farm was. We respected, loved and cared for these animals from the moment they arrived to us. We vowed to give them a healthy and stress free life in turn for them providing us with healthy, stress free meat for our family.
That time came this past Sunday…
I knelt down, looked each one of these creatures that I’ve been caring for in the eye and said a heartfelt thank-you.
It was now time and we had work to do.
The sun was shining for the first day in what felt like forever! We gave them some of their favorite food to buy us a little time to make the necessary preparations…it is true that a pig will do just about anything for food.
We backed the trailer in, filled it with hay and positioned the ramp, we were ready to go…or so we thought. When the time came, the gate was opened. I stood in the trailer, shook the bag of food and after checking out the situation, 3 of the 4 came walking up the ramp. The other, well he wasn’t going anywhere. He was going to make us work hard today. 😉
After a muddy 2 man, 2 woman, 1 hog, country fair style pig scramble, he was on the trailer and they were ready to go.
Once the trailer pulled away, the farm-yard was still sunny, but very quiet. I have to admit that it was a little sad, they were my little buddies, always ready to greet me because I usually came bearing food. 🙂
Will we do it again?
Our first year with pigs was a success! And by success I mean, we raised healthy, well cared for, drug free, stress free pigs and my FEAR of them getting loose and having to chase them all over God’s green earth didn’t happen…thank goodness!
We are very fortunate to have land and the time to grow food for our family and friends.
That is our pig adventure for now…
Perhaps next year, we’ll add some pastured chickens for meat….maybe. 😉