A few more weeks further down the line and it’s time for yet another Pig check point!
The 22 week weigh-in
The same calculation will be repeated but after the slightly surprising result last time it is becoming more obvious that one pig is noticeably heavier than the other.
Heart Girth (measuring around the body just behind the front legs) = 0.85 m
Length (measured from between the ears to the base of the tail) = 0.95 m
This means that the approximate weight is: (0.86 ² x 0.95 x 69.3) = 48.7 kg
Heart Girth (measuring around the body just behind the front legs) = 0.9m
Length (measured from between the ears to the base of the tail) = 1.0 m
This means that the approximate weight is: (0.9 ² x 1.0 x 69.3) = 56.1 kg
As time goes by I can feel that, despite my best efforts, there is a definite sense of attachment growing. However I’m doing my best to get past that and there will be no change to our original rule that the pigs are only here until November. Besides we’ve already ordered our shiny new livestock trailer so we can take them to the abattoir – which reminds me, that needs to be booked in advance so I mustn’t forget to do that.
The gap between the two is now clearly noticeable when you see them together but they get fed at the same time and there are no obvious signs of bullying while they eat? Perhaps the one with a tail is just less efficient when it comes to rooting out extra food while foraging in their woods?
We will no doubt need to keep an eye on this and possibly adjust the feeding level for the final couple of months to avoid the larger one putting on any extra weight. Hopefully it won’t matter too much if they are slightly different weights but I’d definitely rather not have one too fat and one too thin!