Michael Newby wrote:I wish I could say that they get to the point where you actually want to off them (like goats!) but for me at least my pigs were never anything other than pleasant.
One kind of cheesy thing that we do around here is every animal that we plan on eating someday gets named after a particularly tasty dish we make. We had Mr. Bacon, Mrs. Chops, Lard Ass (he was pretty big and I planned on rendering my own lard) and The Rump because, as my wife put it, "he's actually got a nice ass." Sort of helps keep it in perspective that they are there to provide food.
I also agree with Tyler, take heart in the fact that your pigs have one bad day that should't be all that bad until a specific moment of the day. If you had to choose would you rather go quickly while happily munching on your favorite treat, or run from a predator until you're too exhausted to get away and then get torn into with a bunch of teeth while you're still alive? Sorry if that seems graphic but it really is one of the lines of reasoning that goes through my head when thinking about human animal husbandry.
thomas rubino wrote:Elle; Standard practice is to get your weiners in the spring and raise them 5-6 months, over the summer, so they put on weight fast. Raising them thru winter ,you had to keep them warm and they take longer to finish.
Brie Robb wrote:Some do get mean !
We have culled and selected for non-aggression for many years now, the last time we sold babies, none of the sows tried to protect their little ones.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:
That doesn't seem like non-aggression that seems more like apathy.