|It looked like it was going to go sooo well!|
Their departure will lessen the daily chores a little bit, which will be nice. Ten less mouths to feed and, boy, were those hungry mouths! It will be a little easier on Farmer Man not to be loading those large bags of feed, or hauling over big buckets of veggies twice a day. I'll be happy not having their aroma wafting towards our bedroom window when the wind blows a certain way!
We're were hoping for easy loading; we didn't want to startle or frighten the pigs, we wanted everything calm and cool. Farmer Man had been 'training' the Berks for quite a while to follow him with the buckets of veggies and bread. He'd lead them down to the loading end of the pasture and feed them there. Well......it worked to a certain extent.....
Our cattle-raising neighbors, the Oxleys, had graciously agreed to take them in, since we don't have a stock trailer. Martin O. drove up early this morning, after goat milking, scoped out the situation then positioned the trailer at the west end of the pasture. The trick would be to herd the pigs into the trailer, channelling them through some loose fence panels. Martin's girlfriend will forever be 'Ms. T' in our minds, after Mr. T. of A-Team fame, because she held her side of the fence all morning, even though confessing to be newish to farming and a complete newbie to pigs! And, yes, it took pretty much all morning!
|How about a little bread?|
We ended up getting the last five in pretty much one by one. Herd into the little 'corral', head into the trailer by closing the heavy trailer door behind them, etc, etc. There was a few break outs, a few of us got a finger caught in the panels, got knocked around a little or got stepped on but no major injuries! The pigs would always run down to the far end of the pasture, back to their wallow (just so they could get us really dirty), so it was a lot of walking and herding, a lot of patience. The last two proved quite difficult; fortunately father Oxley, Mike, arrived with some press board panels, which helped close off any chance of escape. Finally, all ten were loaded, happily munching on all the good veggies, and they were off! Thank you to the Oxley clan for all your help! Now, we look forward to some awesome Berkshire pork in our freezer for this winter, meat we know has never been fed antibiotics or hormones, that was raised with kindness, lovely pasture and lots of naturally grown vegetables!