Torn, Piglets, Kit and Hope
Piglet peeping time. This is Torn and her piglets enjoying a nesting spot in the new upper pastures that we’re reclaiming. It’s pretty rough up there right now but they’re gradually changing the land from forest back to fields. This is a natural cycle in which wind, fire, ice, beavers, rivers and man participate.
The sharp eye might notice that Torn has a short tail. We don’t clip tails or do other unnecessary interventions like that. Torn simply carries two copies of the recessive gene for short tails. Some of her piglets have short tails too for the same reason. Occasionally someone will ask if we cut tails and I explain that no, we don’t and never have.
Long Tailed Saddle Pig
Normally most pigs have long tails, much like a cows as shown on Saddle in the photo above. People are often surprised by this because in modern confinement animal feeding operations they cut pigs tails off. Why? Because when cramped up with many animals in the same small space they bite each other’s tails in addition to other anti-social behavior.
Out on pasture the animals behave very differently, can get away from an aggressor and simply don’t have the high level of aggression and stress. We don’t need to do tail clipping so we don’t. Nor do we dock ears, clip teeth, castrate or the many other unnecessary procedures that developed to deal with confinement operations. This is more humane which means less stress for the animals and in the end that means better quality meat.
Overcrowding causes all sorts of problems. Clipping tails isn’t the solution.
Outdoors: 50°F/35°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/65°F
Daily Spark: I squandered all my money on land.