Sunday, March 12, 2006

Dawn Pig Shampooing


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Warning: This fair post will consist of multiple photo posts since I never (well, once) can get Blogger to actually post multiple shots in a single post. Just do that scrolly thingie that you do so well....


We made it into the Suwannee River Fair! The pigs weighed in at 230 for Bodonky and 250 for Mia Ham. Bodonky just made it, but she's in.

Yesterday was quite a day. I got up before dawn and rousted the two FFA pig farmer siblings for pig loading. Out in the dark garden, we used bananas and craisons to lure the piggles up the earthen ramp and into the hog box in the back of the old pickup.

The loading went pretty well. We were trying not to stress the pigs, they're sensitive and can keel over dead in a pig version of sudden death syndrome if you overwhelm them. They went back and forth up the ramp munching. First one would be in the truck pen while the other nibbled something on the ramp...then they would trade places....then, finally, they both walked into the pickup pen together.

SLAM! The pen door was shut and stress point (ours) number one was over. We drove over to the hose and the kids shampooed them. When they were sufficiently clean, we headed to the fairgrounds.

More on that in the post below... Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

roger said...

craisons??? is that another southern thing like peanuts in cola?

i had no idea pigs were subject to sudden death. the ones i raised seemed quite sturdy. they do look nice in their fair pens.

pablo said...

Nice series. Dude, you really should get yerself your own domain and get a better blogging system than Blogger. Of course I say that having a handy son-in-law who knows all about these things and does all of the maintenance I need.

I guess the kids were a little downhearted to see their pigs go off to that big farm though.

vicki said...

oh, right. The tension is over for YOU until Monday morning. So, what's the starting bid and how many bananas do I need to buy each week? Will they eat cat food?
How do you think they are going to work out in the basement, given their sensitive nature?

FC- you're breaking my heart. Maybe it already is and I'm just taking it out on you over these pigs. Have I mentioned what a wonderful friend you've been to me these past days? You have and I appreciate it, so much.

Enjoy the fair.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Craisons for pigs? And here I been thinking of coming back as a dung beetle....

Floridacracker said...

DPR,
I can't believe a healthy food chewing, sprout and tofu eating hippy like you doesn't eat craisons.
Dried sweetened cranberries by OceanSpray. They are wonderful, even if you're not a pig.

Pablo,
I have thought about it, but so far this is a nice free addiction.
The kids are still so involved at the fair that they haven't felt it yet.
Lonely out at the garden though. I went out today and started making garden rows in the vacant pig pens.

Vicki,
There's nothing wrong with your heart. It seems to be big and in the right place. I know this is a tough time for you and yours. Hang in there.
As for these pigs, well, it's only about 8 months until the new one arrives. Only one next year, Kate is graduating and Emma is not a pig raiser.

Hoss,
You could come back as a cranberry weevil.

Likes2mtnbike said...

Mia Ham! AHAHAAA!!!

Floridacracker said...

Likes2,
I wish I had thought of that, but my daughter gets the credit.

Tim Rice said...

It's neat to see your kids involved in these kinds of activities. You must be a proud father.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I liked the pig's names.

Floridacracker said...

Tim,
All that time spent with them is paying off as they grow up. Who knew?

Abandoned,
You never know what they're going to come up with!

Leslie said...

Those clean pigs are CLEAN.
Such shiny hair!
I think I have pig hair envy.

Zanne said...

Love the entire series. How about the fair food?