The weather has been fickle this week-- I had the heat on in the house to start the week and we're ending up with summer-worthy thunderstorms and highs in the 80s. Welcome to late spring in Minnesota, right?
After the rain stopped on Memorial Day, Peter & I brought our daughter over to the farm for a quality visit with the Boar pig. He lives in the hog house bachelor pad, with short visits from the sows. *wink*
Nora's favorite thing about the pigs is how gaga they are for grass. To hear her squeal "PIG!" really makes my day. Yep, buddy. That's a pig. In the year we've had him, he's managed to completely clear his dry lot and build a few mud pits in it. You'll see how crusty he is from this spring, happily wallowing in these past few rains.
He's a little rough around the edges- I suppose that comes from living a bachelor boar lifestyle. Despite his size (and the tusks!) he's very gentle and happy to have visitors when we come by.
We chose to bring the Yorkshire boar into our breeding stock for a few reasons. Our two sows are 100% Berkshires, which produces pork prized for the quality of the meat. The Yorkshire has been added in to balance the fat profile while maintaining the quality standard of the meat. It's been interesting to see the two batches of piglets born to our mostly-black sows have all been stark white, taking after their Yorkshire father.
Get excited, Boar pig. Your lady friends will be returning to the hog house in about a month!