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Hogs Will Play

| 4/23/2012 11:46:22 AM

 Berkshire Duroc Hogs 1

I find hogs endlessly amusing. They are just so different than the ruminants that typically fill our farm. I'll confess to spending way too much time simply standing at the fence and watching their habits and interactions - a pastime which is never disappointing and always reminds me of watching a group of human toddlers.

Duroc Hampshire Cross Feeder Pig

For example, the other day we moved our current batch of feeder pigs out of our garden (where they had been providing free pre-planting rototill service) and into a new pasture. Our barn lot is in between the garden and their new pasture, so we let them play in said barn lot while we moved over their feeder, water tank and port-a-huts. All said and done, with the help of a small tractor, it took about 25 minutes. Pretty efficient, huh?

Hampshire Hog

Not quick enough. In the time it took us to move the essentials, the hogs were a flurry of toddler-esque activity. They pulled net-wrap off hay bales; running across the lot dragging, playing and fighting over it. They knocked over water buckets intended for their water tank. They chewed on barn siding. They dug up an ancient goat skeleton. They mercilessly terrified some cats ... I could go on and on. In summary, they know how to make short work of mischief!

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4/24/2012 10:40:54 PM

Alexandra, I've always contended that hogs are the most intelligent problem solvers on the farm. They just have a knack of figuring things out especially where food is involved. Have a great hog/sleeping child day.

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