Here is our third, admittedly belated, Pig Podcast. Sadly, our former sound genius, Clay Wirestone, has since left the Monitor. But editor Jonathan Van Fleet is switching from politics to pigs for this podcast, where we talk about Pink 2.0 in the days leading up to his appointment with the butcher. Check it out (and see all the pig-lover-friendly photos below):
Pink 2.0 digs into some grain in late April. The piglets were weaned from their mother, Sarah, after 10 weeks, and transferred onto about two cups of grain a day.
Pink 2.0 chomps away in late April.
Piglets (and later, pigs), have a tendency to squish together.
Pink 2.0 moves through his muddy paddock area in May.
Carole Soule tests the electric fence for charge in May. Pigs tend to be more time-consuming – and therefore, more costly to raise – due to their mischievous, fence-breaking nature.
This grain dispenser is one of the efficiencies Carole Soule has found for raising her pigs. It saves time and energy not having to open grain bags all the time.
Electric fence wires to be repaired lie outside the pig shed in May.
Pink 2.0 hangs out his paddock in late May. Generally, pigs spend their day eating, sleeping, rooting around in the mud, and occasionally, giving the fence a good test.
Pink 2.0 trundles through his paddock with his siblings in the background in late May.
Pink 2.0 expresses his “piggyness” and roots around in the mud in late May.
Pink 2.0’s muddy nose in late May. Throughout this project, he and his siblings became less afraid and increasingly curious about the humans visiting their paddock.
The pigs eventually got a bigger space to roam in the backyard of Carole Soule’s pig shed, where they lie in the shade, root in the mud and sometimes playfully chase after each other.
Carole Soule pats and spends time with her pigs, including Pink 2.0, in late May.
Pink 2.0, who grew pretty rapidly this summer, walks around his paddock in early June.
As temperatures rose in June, Pink 2.0 takes to the mud to cool off.
Pigs are efficient at clearing brush and digging up roots. Pink 2.0 weaves between trees in June, where the higher-up leaves are some of the last foliage left in the pig paddock at Miles Smith Farm.
Pink 2.0 sniffs around inside the pig shed in mid-June, where he was born four months prior.
Pink 2.0 stays cool underneath a manure spreader on a hot morning in mid-June.
Pink 2.0, spends some time in the sun in mid-June.
Pink 2.0’s curly tail, which started out pretty straight when he was born and has slowly curled as he’s grown.
As her pigs get larger and more adventurous, Carole Soule has to choose which ones to keep and breed by how they behave. This pig here, Sparkles, made a bid for freedom on Independence Day.
Pink 2.0 is no longer a piglet, as seen by the way he and his siblings squish into their small pig shed on July 4. Pink 2.0 has a scheduled date at the butcher’s on July 11.
Pink 2.0 waits for some grain on July 4.
As the dominant male – and the only one still with one testicle – Pink 2.0 has the run of the pig paddock. Here he takes a nap out of the heat on July 4.
Pink 2.0 nuzzles with one of his siblings in early July. Pigs are quite social, and often nap, eat and play together.
Pink 2.0 hangs in his paddock.
Pink 2.0 takes a nap in the middle of all his sibling pigs on July 4.