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Sunny, Violet and Claus this spring.

Monday night was load the hog night.  They have to be at the processors first thing in the morning and we always try for the night before, just because we usually have shitty luck loading hogs.

Last time we loaded it was February with snow up to our…well it was deep and Drizella and Anastasia were not budging.  The trailer was backed up to their house and all they had to do was walk up the ramp and voila we would have been done.  But not the way it was to be.  Drizella came out the door and sauntered up the ramp like she was on a runway.  Anastasia  not so much.  FH had to climb into their house and with a large piece of plywood push Ana, mind you she was a big girl, with all of his might until she finally gave in and walked the plank so to say.

FH decided to put the trailer into the pig pasture a few days ahead of time to let them become acclimated with it.  He has done this before sometimes successfully, sometimes not.  This year was a piece of cake the trio of bacon walked right in.  The gate was shut, the truck hooked to the trailer and the pretrip check was made.  We had a flat tire on the trailer.  No problem, send youngest son to get the air tank and pump it up.   apparently, these pigs were smarter than the rest and their way of avoiding market was by eating the freaking valve stem.  They ate the thingy that you need to fill the tire with air.  The whole thing, not just the cap the whole thing.  So here we were with three large hogs in a trailer, hooked to a truck and a flat tire.  Thankfully we had a tire on the snowmobile trailer that would fit. (Mind you we never snowmobile, don’t even own a snowmobile but we have a trailer.)  Some days those random things that are around do come in useful.

FH uses the farm jack, in the very wet, sloppy, odorous pig shit to jack up the trailer, precarious as hell with the now disgruntled hogs inside, changes the tire and we were market/processor bound.  No more problems.

The hogs, Claus, Sunny and Violet on the rail weighed in at 240#, 222# and 214# respectively.  I suspect it was Claus that ate the valve stem.

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