and 1,144 of his closest family and friends arrived on our farm!
My farmer and I have two feeder to finish pig barns where we bring in pigs around 40 pounds and feed them to a finishing weight of around 270 pounds. Each barn can hold up to 1,250 hogs, so in the case of this group it will hold 1,145 pigs. We buy our hogs on the open market, as we do not raise pigs for any specific pork company. This group of hogs came from a sow operation in Atlantic, Iowa (around 170 miles away) that our family is part owners of. Our other barn has pigs in it from Minnesota. We also commonly get pigs from Canada to fill our barns.
Usually just My Farmer takes care of the hogs but yesterday LP, MP and I got to participate in the unloading of the new hogs.
|My Farmer and LP counting the pigs as they come off the truck|
|LP making sure the first truck of pigs (first half) |
were all settled and comfortable before the second truck arrived
|The second semi-truck is here with a little more than 550 feeder pigs on it|
|Three Generations checking pigs as they come off the truck|
|The barn is full!|