Tuesday, February 12, 2008
That's how humans look when they've got a trailer full of giant pigs heading to slaughter. As I mentioned before, there's feelings of relief and happiness: just a little more work and we are rid of the pigs.
That's one of the big pigs. He doesn't fear much. He's been the biggest pig on the farm for months. Everybody else needs to get out of his way. If you were near him with a feed bucket, he'd just rip it out of your hands and eat. He might also bite you if you entered his pasture.
I'm trying to communicate that there's little endearing or cute about a big hog. Contrary to what the anti-meat people think, the pigs are not the good guys. They are somewhat domesticated animals that we raise and slaughter (humanely!) so that we can eat their incredibly delicious flesh.
As I mentioned before, we are happy to see these monsters off. And like I mentioned, these pigs are dangerous. If they want to go somewhere, you need to get out of their way, or they will hurt you. You are weak and insignificant.
Well, to make it all more real, here's a video of a 525-lb pig. This is the pig that knocked the herdsman down a few times.
Of course, the reason we grow the pigs this big is that this is how big they need to taste great. They are Berkshire hogs, which taste better than normal hogs. We fed them great stuff, kept them outdoors. He's a fantastically healthy and fat hog. He's eaten more than a ton of barley in his long life. We are very happy to send him off to pig heaven. Just look at those jowls! He will make incredible jowl bacon.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 5:08 PM