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These two came at Easter as weaners (6 weeks), never kept pigs before at the farm or in the garden and I have to say, I’m gonna miss ‘em. 

I know I’ll console myself with a freezer full of meat, but they are fun to have around. Today was setting up the trailer and getting them used to it ready for their date with destiny tomorrow morning. :mellow::)

 

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So long Bacon and Pork Chop!    Been good knowing you, see you at breakfast.             

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I see a Wheel-Horse at the ready...

to put them out to pasture too.  :greetings-wavingyellow:

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There's room for all of God's creatures...right next to the toast and jam! :twocents-02cents:

 

From my 4H years with the kids I came to appreciate pigs - they are smarter than a lot of their barnyard friends - especially sheep - which my kids raised for 4H. 

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Very useful animals are pigs. You can use every part for something. There's only two things you can't use. The curl in their tail and their squeal.

 

If they could fly, the price of bacon would go up. :rolleyes:

 

 

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Farmer, I have to tell you.  In one way or another, I have been around pigs all my life.  I can smell a pig farm from 5 miles away...and it is one of my favorite smells.  I know they can become pets and it is then hard to put them down.  With that in mind, I sympathize with what your are going through.  On the other hand...my favorite breakfast is bacon & eggs with peanut & jelly toast and orange juice.

 

My prayers are with those that have befriended the little porketts.  You might get a kick out of this.  When my brother and I were around 5 or 6, the family would spend a week or two up on my Dad's Cousins farm in Almena, Wisconsin.  It was a dairy farm, but they raised pigs also.  They had this little pig house with a small opening on the far end into the pen.  In the early morning, my brother and I would sneak up on the pig house...and then rush in, screaming and yelling.  The little piglets would just scramble and jump all over each other trying to get out of that little hole into the pen.  My brother and I would be rolling on the floor with laughter.  It was like "Leave It to Beaver"...we would get yelled at and told to knock it off...but now that I look back on it, I think the adults in the room were smiling after yelling at us.  :occasion-xmas:

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I am. Trying to convince my wife that we should raise and slaughter our own pigs.  The way I see it, we could raise two pigs for the pric of one going to the slaughter house.  She says she wouldn’t be able to process an animal that she raised.  We’ll see in time!

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I love pigs. Especially at breakfast. When I was a kid my uncle had pigs and me and my cousin would go out back and we would throw corn at them. He got the ideal if we took corn cobs and put needles in the end of them and feathers we can make darts. So I made one and  threw it at a big Sow  and it's stuck her right in the butt. I looked up and here comes my uncle and it's a good thing he walks slow. just as he cleared the barn that dart fell out. Never done that again cuz I knew he would half kill me if he caught me doing that.

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8 hours ago, pullstart said:

I am. Trying to convince my wife that we should raise and slaughter our own pigs.  The way I see it, we could raise two pigs for the pric of one going to the slaughter house.  She says she wouldn’t be able to process an animal that she raised.  We’ll see in time!

Lot of good life lessons for the kids, we all had 4-H projects involving animals and gardens. Most of the animals we raised were sold at auction at the County Fair and we kept records of our expenses. After repaying my parents I would have a little spending money. We always had chickens and I had geese (don't do that) and milk goats. We raised a pig along with another 4-H member at his house, my mother had no problem with other animals, but didn't want a pig pen at home. She did like the pork chops and roast though.

We struck a deal with the processor, he kept the hams in exchange for cutting up and freezing the rest, good deal. We even smoked our own bacon, a bit more work than I had expected as we had to build a make-shift smoke house first and then tend the fire several times a day.

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Take solace in the fact that you gave them a better life than most pigs. Piggies and goats are my favorite farm animals. I miss having them both. 

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