Saturday, March 29, 2008
Chewie Is An Official Show Pig Now
Chewie did not want to go aboard the spiffy new bubba tailer this morning.
In fact, she seemed to know that no good can come of a trailer if you are a livestock animal. I was up and out at her pen before dawn today, hoping that I could lure her up the ramp and into the trailer with a few ChipsAhoy cookies, but she was being pretty pigheaded, so eventually, I went back in the house and awoke Junior and his good buddy Jonathon.
The 3 of us worked pretty hard and eventually, she entered the trailer pen.
Once securely inside, she received a nice shampoo and off we went to the fair grounds.
Hurry up and wait.
The boys are waiting to be allowed in to the pig pens so they can set up their pigs with food and water. The big PVC pipe thingies are portable watering units.
Chewie had to weigh in between 230 and 280 pounds or she would be disqualified and all our efforts since November would be for naught. You can imagine that the weigh in is a very stressful time for the FFA and 4H kids. You hold your breath while your pig enters the scale and you wait for the announcement ...
What a relief ... I had weighed her three days ago and the scale kept bouncing between 260 and 275 so she had been on a reduced feed regimen for Thursday and Friday.
Now that she's in, she can eat all she wants.
I bought her a strawberry gatorade and she enjoyed that after her stressful morning.
Entry day is a mix of relief at getting in to the fair, coupled with a dash of bittersweet.
The holding pens will be Chewie's temporary home from now until Wednesday. Monday is the Swine Show and Wednesday is the Sale.
After that she loads up with the other pigs for a ride to Swine Summer Camp ... yes, I believe that's where they go after the fair ... I believe, I believe ...
Meanwhile, the empty pen in the backyard is a place to avoid for a few days.