|"Mamas - Destroyer of Worlds"|
|"Wilma - The Pig No One Cared Enough to Even Name"|
Within moments of the trailer being closed and locked, Mr. Farmer's phone rang. It was a concerned neighbor who was getting phone calls asking what all the noise was. Mr. Farmer curtly informed him that we were moving the pigs, as instructed, and that they can all deal with the noise since it was what they wanted in the first place. His partner then shouted to any and all who could hear that they should mind their own business. A direct quote of what he shouted would not be appropriate. *Blush*
|"Tiffany - Prince of Darkness"|
All was going well until he bolted. He was heading straight for the trailer, so we just braced ourselves behind the ladder-walls and hoped he kept straight. Two steps before the ramp, Tiffany turned and raced back to the pen. The men wrapped the rope around a tree and let him rest a bit, then tried again. This time he bolted for the fence and tore right through- heading for the woods! The men were able to get the rope around a tree with Young Master Farmer's help. I gave Tiffany an egg to help calm him down, moved one of the ladders to change the direction of the chute, and braced for doing this the hard way.
Mr. Farmer pushed, his Partner and Young Master Farmer pulled, and Neighbor Boy steered. Tiffany screamed like a howling wind in a horror film as four men man-handled him toward the trailer. Just before the ramp, the rope slipped off Tiffany's ear. Neighbor Boy threw himself bodily on top of the 400 pound pig. Young Master Farmer put his shoulder into Tiffany's. Mr. Farmer grabbed Tiffany by the back leg and drove him like a wheelbarrow forward as his partner pushed back against him with the rope to get it back over his ear. In these same positions the rest of the transfer was made until the men (except Neighbor Boy) and the pig were in the trailer and the Girlfriend, Neighbor Boy and I closed up the trailer and locked the gate.
When the men exited the trailer through the smaller front door, we were all shaking. We checked ourselves and each other for injuries, since there was no way we were feeling anything with the amount of adrenaline we had running through us at that point. Aside from a few scratches from the barbed wire and what will surely be some aches in the morning, no one was injured. No one was kicked, scratched, or bitten. All in all, it was a successful transition.
I am sorry that the pigs are gone. I won't miss the smell or the worry that someone will try to make trouble for us. But the pigs were a great source of joy for Mr. Farmer, and the compromise of raising them elsewhere is hard for him. Using our yard in a more traditional fashion is a nice idea, but it is hard for me to see Mr. Farmer so upset. I really hope that one day we can raise them at home again.