Part 2 (And She Grows)
We have a trailer that we use to haul our trash and firewood (among other things). Jamey reinforced the sides but as Princess continued to grow he wasn't sure it would hold her if she became disagreeable. So. On the scheduled delivery day, he picked up a friend's trailer (that's used for sheep) on his way home from work, stopped in at our house briefly to change clothes and pick up the rest of the family and the precious kitchen scraps I'd been saving for three whole days.
We drove over to our neighbor's and he was kindly ready and waiting for us, opening the gate as we drove in so we could back the trailer right up to Princess' yard. I hadn't seen her in a little while and was surprised as to how much she had grown. Again. We later found out she was 325 pounds.
Using pallets they made a little pig chute, released her into the outer yard and lured her with the scraps. Princess then proceeded to calmly and mannerly walk right up and into the trailer.
And down the road we went. A number of people asked how our kids took the whole situation. It may make them sound like calloused, insensitive children but they didn't seem to bat an eye. Sam took pictures out the back window as we drove down the road and the kids enjoyed seeing all the other animals in the pens waiting their turn to be butchered, including another pig Jamey believed to have been between 500-600 lbs.
This is a reality of life. If we eat meat, its good (we believe) for children to understand where that meat comes from as well as the importance of raising animals in humane, clean and natural ways to ensure their health and therefore ours.
behind the butcher's
I hate to drag this out but in the next post I'll show you what we got in return and what we're doing with some of it thus far. Here's a little preview....