Pig Mud Bath...
Posted by Lucille Bonne, 5th June 2009
Well I was down on site today to witness a truly joyful sight , the occasion was that of what seemed a small and insignificant thing but turned out to be a monumentus moment!
The event was that of diggin a hole for the pigs.
Is that all ? you may be thinking but if you could have seen them once we filled it up with water, it was like a stampede for last orders at the bar, they were over the moon ! Snorting, cavorting and rolling around in all that glorious mud, it was quite heartwarming to see them so happy. With our recent spate of incredible hot weather it was exactly what they were looking for. Pigs can actually get sunburn as their skin is very sensitive and the mud they roll in helps to protect them.
I must confess I have actually stopped eating pig meat since I stared for a second too long at the burned out crispy eyeballs on the end of our spit-roasted pig. I am seriously considering an all out return to my former vegetarian status. Its funny because I thought I would be more interested in cooking ,eating and preparing meat since working so closely with the animals (pigs and chickens) but the opposite has happened.
I used to buy a free range chicken every week but something happened the day we killed, plucked and gutted our own broilers. I couldn t actually face the actual killing part, for fear of doing it wrong and causing the animal any harm. I would rather leave that in the hands of an expert. However I did manage to get over being squeamish and got into the plucking of the bird no problem,which incidentally is fairly time consuming! Then I was actually really surprised that the gutting of the chicken thoroughly fascinated me,just being able to see all those perfect little organs with all their specific jobs lying there on the cold steel table when half an hour ago they had been fully functioning inside that birds body, until we killed it.
I did pluck ,gut ,wash, hang , prepare , cook and eat that chicken with my family and friends but have not gone near a piece of chicken since. I think perhaps I must have become all to familiar with all of our pigs and chickens to want to eat them again. A surprising yet strangely rewarding personal revelation for me!