Preparing for the big day


Tomorrow is the big day…the day this year’s piggies go to the market…a day mixed with many emotions, yet mostly relief that a year’s worth of labor is at its rightful conclusion.

Alexander is preparing an alley down the side of our pasture to guide the pigs to the trailer. In years past, our butcher has driven his truck and trailer up to the pig pasture at the top of the hill only to have much turmoil trying to get back out. Happily, we can report that Tom survived after inhaling much exhaust when pushing the pigs, trailer, and truck out of the pasture last year. Our new butcher is 1 1/2 hours away, so it’s up to us to get the pigs to him. We are hoping the pigs will walk right down the hill and not stop to play with the dog or explore any other part of the property that has been off-limits for the past 8 months. However, we are not taking any chances. We’ll have friends (men and their sons) standing by with panels to add direction.

It should be interesting! Hopefully, we’ll have some video to show of our success and not a circus! By the way, if you look closely at this picture, you’ll see the free ranging chickens trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the fence 🙂

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