I love this time of year. We have 33 days until fair and life is busy.
The pigs are finally big enough to walk. We wait until they are about 200 lbs. If you walk them much lighter they run too fast to control.
They all have different personalities. Yesterday only Mike and Amanda were to walk.
We could very quickly see that Amandas pig, weighing only 175# is a runner. We opened the pen and she took off running, to the back hay field. You don’t chase or they run faster. Very nerve wrecking to watch the kids projects run away!
Eventually, Snow White calmed down to walk. Amanda uses a whip to walk, but with only very light touches. Pigs are sensitive, a soft touch is enough to send then in the right direction.
Mike uses a cane. But again, with very little pressure. Once the pigs have been walking for a week or so it becomes much easier.