I'm very much enjoying the pork meat of my labour this summer, but.... I miss them! I'm already itching for new piglets next spring. They were so much fun and easy to raise. Even with the breakouts! I walk by their empty pen and sigh. I had a garden next to their pen and while I was weeding, they would make such noise, untill I threw them the weeds, I always had company while doing those mundane chores in that garden. They were always happy to see me and would come running up to the fence for a scratch behind the ears. I thought I might post a little of what I (newbie with pigs) have learned this past summer. Train your pigs every day with tasty treats, call them the same way every time to get their treats, they will come running! It helps so much when, and I say when, not if, they escape. Also, though I did (with help) slaughter them this year, they go to abbitoir next year. I will have a trailer incorporated into their fenced area. This will be the place they get their treats. When the time comes, loading will not be an issue. I have no trouble processing poultry, but when it comes to killing something with a brain and personality, I'm a wuss. Even though you've read all there is to read about raising pigs, they will still surprise you! Don't let them get hungry, if they have no food in their feeder, they will get a little crazy when you do feed them.(same goes for water) Get more than one, a lonely pig is a sad situation. Six was a god number for me, I'll do the same number next year. And last but very certainly not least, come to this board for help when you need it. :worship: PS Don't, under any circumstances, watch the movie "Babe"