Cows and Pigs are the two favorite parts of my farm day. Chickens? Meh.
Pigs are just crazy. Pigs learn about things with their mouths. They bite to feel. I had a pig feel the wrist of my Carhartt jacket when I was about 18 and dang if he didn’t just pull it right off of me, dragging it through the hog lot. I never wore it again. Pigs want to explore you. They want to rub on you and be scratched. They want to smell you, make noises at you and they will never leave you alone. It’s fun but pretty intense. I know the pigs would just love to eat me. It goes both ways. I do think the pig below (Newton) is smiling.
Cows on the other hand want little to do with me. The milk cows may want me to scratch them on their poll and the steer may be a little too tame for his own good but otherwise, the cows are content to do their thing and let me do my thing. It’s peaceful. They don’t bellow at me the way the neighbor cows do when a tractor starts. They just munch away at their cud. Maybe get a drink of water. Maybe a lick of salt or kelp. When it’s time to move, we move. No big whoop. It’s all very zen. Nobody is trying to eat me.
I could sit in the shade and watch the cows all day.
Yes, that is exactly what my pigs are like too. Intense is a good way to describe them.
They remind me of out of control dogs sometimes that way. Nice to have the balance of zen cows. Kind of ying and yang.
Exactly why I like pigs. Our turkeys and chickens are similar because they have a personality without the weight behind their “love.” Can’t wait to experience cows.