Five months worth of pigs on the farm. Tons of fun.
Hauling the pigs to the processor went far better than I had dared to hope. We were helped out by a friend and neighbour who parked his trailer next to the pigs paddock overnight so we could let the pigs load themselves by feeding them dinner in it. The plan worked like a charm, and we were able to get going first thing in the morning with absolutely no stress for pigs or people. Thanks to Bryce from Saanichton Farm for hauling them to the processor for us. We stopped at True Grain Bread Bakery in Cowichan Bay on the way home and tasted some delicious pastries made with wheat from that Bryce had harvested. Awesome.
The absence of the pigs has left a hole in my day – morning and evening chores are practically non-existent now. I miss the eager greeting “did you bring us something” whenever I go past the back of the barn. We’ve raked and reseeded their paddocks with a grass mix with clover in it, hoping the soon to come autumn rains soak it right in before the sparrows get all of it.
We’re already making plans for next year’s pigs. Can’t wait.