As I work on closing the deal for the new farm, I've talked to a lot of people about various things that can be done with the space, and it's funny, but most of the people seem to think that I'd like to get out of the pig business. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
It would be hard for me to consider my place a farm without them. Having owned all sorts of poultry, sheep and cattle now, I can say that the pigs are by far the most intelligent of all livestock. They do not think in the way that we do -- sharing really isn't a big pig concept, for instance -- but you can see the wheels turning, and they are absolutely as smart as a smart dog, or even a bit more.
The ability to recycle otherwise-wasted food, turn compost, and provide pretty endless entertainment is why I kept them. Sure, I make a profit off of it, but even if they weren't both delicious and profitable, I think I'd have a few around just because their presence really makes the farm complete. Much in the same way I keep a barnyard flock of poultry.
I sincerely respect them and they bring me joy every day. Here's to pigs!