Normally the plan goes like this; after a sows litter is weaned, around the 12 week mark, the mama is returned to her herd. This herd is made up of one of our boars and 3 of our sows. The boar will then re breed the sow at their leisure.
But Clarissa, the sow this story revolves around, was a little thin after doing n excellent job of nursing her babies. Since it was winter more energy is used you see. Thus the decision was made to keep her in her private pasture and domicile a couple weeks to allow her some non-competitive feeding time.
Just a few hours before we had planned to return her to her fellow, Mad Max, the big guy, tired of waiting decided to take things in to his own...uh...hands. We did not actually see him leap the electric wire between the yards but we sure saw the result of his conjugal visit.
Yup, he literally blew out an entire side of one of our farrowing houses. One built with Keith's hardworking hands. The one he even took the time to decorate with a Holstein theme. Did Max ram his way in to get to his date? Or just knock too hard? Maybe he was just gently snuggled up alongside of Clarissa and decided to roll over?
We'll never know. What we do know, is to expect another wonderful litter of Red Wattle piglets around June 1