A certain pig.
Or I should say a certain breed of pig. The U of Penn, or is it UPenn ? UPennie? Whatever. The representative told me of a research program taking place that involves the behavior of Heritage Hogs. They specifically wanted to add a Red Wattle to their program and we just happen to have one available.
Born on Kiss My Grass Farms in Indiana, we purchased her as a wee babe from the Jordan family. We've owned her for over a year now and she's given us two litters. Proving herself to be a good mommy, coupled with her gentle personality we offered her to the University. After pics and papers and proof she was indeed a Red Wattle hog and not a Red Wattle cow (just another funny customer comment) she will be heading east in the spring.
Prior to that we have some Mad Max juggling to do. The research program wants a PREGNANT Red Wattle and they want her to farrow in early April. SO we took out the calculator, crunched the numbers, visited with Mad Max about his current romance schedule, seems he is indeed free when we need him, and plans are made.
But in order to have her impregnated on schedule we've had to separate her from the boys and other girls. She is a lady in waiting so to speak as she will not be bred until second week of December. After weaning her last litter from her she went promptly into heat, a heat we could not help her with, as it was too early. So off to isolation (If you call a huge 1/2 acre pasture all to herself "isolation) she went.
Man was she ticked! Pacing the wire for days, making a general fool of herself as she called across the farm for anyone...anyone...Buehler...to help her out of her hormonal predicament. But eventually the call of nature passed. In a couple weeks her time will come again and we'll let Mad Max visit.
If all goes well, and believe me, Max does things very well, we'll then have her pregnancy tested, and later have the pregnancy confirmed with an ultrasound. Then in March Keith and I will transport her all the way out to Penn of U, meet the vets, spend the night in the city of brotherly love, and return home.
Now all we need is someone to do chores for us for four days. Anyone...anyone...