My white herd boar, Able, was dead this morning. He’s the one pictured breeding, above.
I don’t know for sure why he died, but it was probably heat related. It reached 100 degrees here yesterday. I had a sprinkler going for him and the sows, but there was a sow in heat. I think he probably tried to breed and just got himself to worked up and was unable to cool down. Once hogs get over-stressed in this kind of heat, it’s trouble.
The only good news is I kept a son of his this spring. He’s looking pretty good. He’s the white spotted one in the photo below. I’m thinking of naming him Domino.
When the animals have been named, it’s always harder when they die. Nobody really cares too much when “E-43” dies, but when “Buttercup” dies people mourn.
Evaluating Domino from a compagnon standpoint, he looks like a total cutie pie!
I’m sorry about Able. Will you butcher him?
No, we won’t butcher him. In this country we don’t eat animals which weren’t bled out when killed. I don’t know the reasons why, besides religious. I know other cultures will eat meat which was already dead when found.