A source of food secured (see previous post, scroll down one) we now had to get some weanling pigs, so off to the Stockyards to bid on some pigs . There were a good number to choose from the day we went but only three coloured ones all the rest were white. It has been my experience in the past that coloured pigs always do better out side than white ones especially if you wish to give them a more mixed diet than what is purchased from a feed mill. So I paid the top bid and picked the three coloured pigs and as the rest sold I was relived that they did not go for much less money than I had paid.
We put them in the back of our trusty old Volvo station wagon taking them home in style and placed them in a small pen adjacent to the barn. I kept them there for the first week while I planned and built a mobile pen to put them outside in. This allowed them time to settle down and get used to their new diet of grain and brewers mash. It has a distinct smell, not unpleasant but after a couple of days the pigs caught on and ate their new ration with gusto. We moved them out to the field to their new pen and they were so happy munching on weeds and grass with their little tails wagging like mad one wonders how a pig manages in a large barn in the many "hog factories" we see dotted around the country.