We never have dull moments on our farm. This weekend was the weekend that the boar loaned to us should have headed off to another farm for breeding over there.
If you noticed the words should have, because in reality it never did happen.
We had this weekend planned out for several weeks now. The farmer that I got him from two years is about four hours from us and when he told me that there was a farm about 1/2 hour away that needed him, we jumped at that opportunity since 1/2 hour drive to the next county is more reasonable than the 4 hour drive across the state.
We used him for two years for breeding but he has gotten so big now that I think that he weighs about 600 or more pounds and I believe that he is at least four years old now . Plus we currently own a much younger boar and there is no need for two boars on the same farm especially with feed prices so high.
My plan was to load him onto our trailer and drive him to the other farm. But unfortunately our trailer was no match for him. It was not a problem loading him, only took about 15 minutes or so but as soon as we got out of the pasture, he proceeded to take my trailer apart in two swipes of his head and jumped out of the trailer.
Now we have a 600+ pound pig,with tusks, on the loose and of course he was not even anywhere close on my property either!
For an inexperience farmer, they would probably completely freak out with this situation but this of course is not the first time for us that a pig has escaped.We have had whole herds of seven or eight on the loose before in the past.
I actually went and parked the tractor and trailer before attending to the escaped pig as first, I knew that he was not going anywhere and secondly, I needed to think about how I was going to handle it.
Needless to say that with my past experience, I did managed to get the boar back into the same pasture that he came from fairly quickly by myself but it was clearly for sure that I would not be able to haul him myself in my trailer.
After this whole ordeal which lasted about a half hour in the morning, I decided to contact the farm I was suppose to be taking him to and told him the whole situation and that he needed to find a trailer strong enough, preferable metal, that he could haul him back to his farm inside.
Our poor trailer after the boar took it apart while in the process of escaping.