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Hi all; After waiting almost an extra month and a half,  Fennel met the butcher today.  Normally my pigs leave in the pickup truck and come home in the subaru... This year fennel has left in the mobile butcher truck.(She will get to ride home in the subaru)  The butcher arrived about 2 pm and was leaving at 3:30! Obviously not his first piggy...  fast , efficient, clean.  On board hot water , nifty metal stand to lay her on. Nice boom winch  to drag her out of the pen and lift her up . He had already done 3 beef before arriving at my house. Tomorrow I'll call the butcher shop to give cut instructions and get a hanging weight on her. (my guess is #220-#240)  Having a single piggy has been a strain on both of us .She was very lonely and very needy and felt the need to fix this with FOOD... almost #400 of grain , apples, and produce.... affectionately called the FAT GIRL  for the last few weeks. This was an interesting experience, I wish I could follow her rite up to the cutting shop and learn how to turn a carcass into sausage and bacon. Of course that is not allowed in a public butcher shop. Cost for mobile slaughter was $60 plus $6 mileage so for $66.00 I did not have to drive my 40 + year old pickup (at 8 mpg) 65 miles each way to deliver her to the butcher. Hmm not sure how I would like watching all 3 piggys be processed.. I asked and the butcher admitted that the last piggy would know what was happening and not be happy... But... not taking the pickup that far sure has its appeal...  Hope the pictures are not to graphic .      
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up in the air
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on the table for skinning
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almost done
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ready to go in the truck
 
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All animals should be slaughtered on the farm! It is much better for the animals.
 
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Just talked to the butcher, #277 hanging weight ! She really was a Fat Girl !  Angelika, I agree, it was totally stress free for fennel.... she thought she was getting a treat. Not sure about doing three in a row though...
 
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and that's weight without skin since I see she was skinned! I totaly agree that animals should be killed on farm, I cannot see any point in stressing a live animal to take it to die when a dead one is much easier to transport.
 
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Fennels sisters , sage and rosemary went to the butcher on October 18th ... hanging weight on them was #154, #155.   50 days later, fennel came in at #277 !  #122 lb gain 7 weeks . during that time she finished off the end of the bulk grain and then polished off  #400 more grain plus , numerous apples (she changed her mind about apples) daily boxes of produce from the local store, and all the throwaway pumpkind /squash that we could get our hands on (She REALLY liked squash!).  She was originally supposed to meet the mobile butcher on the 13th of November,  I think if she had she would have  been about #200-210 hanging weight ... a much better size than the FAT GIRL.... We will be swimming in cutlets and pork chops though ... so I better get the smoker warmed up!  Smoked pork chops with smoked baked potatoes and garlic green beans on the side any one ??? 
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Fennel, the lonely piggy .
 
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