Entries in pasture pigs (10)
let me set the scene last night at the grocery store: a sixty year old lady pushing a grocery cart with three weeks worth of water in it. i'm hearing at the big box store's shelves are literally cleared of all the staples. schools are certainly closed tomorrow, if not Tuesday as well. the busiest flight traffic corridor in the world—atlanta int’l—will come to a hush as four inches of almost instantly melting snow will dust the state of georgia overnight. the mayans were right. the world is ending. only difference is, it’s tonight in north georgia, and it came a year early.
when it’s nine am, twenty eight degrees, and you’re in your backyard sawing down twenty-five foot bamboo shafts to build a floating pig shelter in the woods—you’ll be smiling too. raising animals on pasture, or in the hog’s sake, on woodlot, means to have the ability to adapt to completely unexpected scenarios—constantly!—and to react to them through the most efficient, smartest, and cheapest (ideally $zero) manner possible. over the next two days we are expected to have the coldest weather this region has experienced in over one hundred and fifty years (this early in the season). considering the small size, and young age, of many of pch’s residents—including our surprise newborns—we have decided to take a little preemptive action and provide some quick hay nests for the herd to nestle into.
me, personally? the way i act around the pigs is always very calm and mild mannered. if they are going to remember only one single thing about me, i’d prefer it to be that they are comfortable with me in their space.
as the video footage documents, chef francois takes a slightly different “approach” to managing the hogs. if you listen closely, you can hear him justify this assault with “i gotta get a quick weight on brutus.”
with the temperature hovering near the fifty yard line most evenings, and the mornings holding their chill, berkeley’s new piglets are resorting to increasingly desperate tactics to hold the heat. pictured here is a technique common in underground japanese grapple wrestling, and is one known to maximize internal power and heat.