Mike Danz Pig Farm
Black Earth, WI
What surprised me the most about our trip was when
I saw how big the pigs were. I thought theyd be the size of a small
dog, but they are as big as a person on his knees! I enjoyed the color
of the baby pigs, their hazy blue eyes and silky pink skin. I loved holding
the small, cute piglets, especially when one was really quiet and didnt
try to get away. The smell at the pig farm was beyond the word "strong,"
but I did okay. It takes getting used to. I remember hearing the squealing
of the piglets and the sows and hogs. I was scared of the big grandfather
herd (that means theyre purebred). The most disgusting thing was
the placenta the piglets were in when they came out of the sow. The most
peaceful thing was when we got OUT of the pig farm.
When you walk in where they keep the piglets the
first thought you have (besides the really bad smell) is "oh, how
adorable!" But after a while you feel bad for the sows that have
to put up with all the racket and squealing. Then you think how much it
resembles our class, scrambling to get a seat on the couch! I bet their
mothers feel like squashing them! Of course, they cant---the sows
are barred into the center of the cage.
When we entered the building where they keep the
sows and boars, the sound was even louder than Randalls lunch room!
The sudden squeals of the piglets touched my heart,
and the adorable piggys twingling, mischievous eyes made me want
to laugh out loud. How the soft, wet snout on my chin made me feel is
hard to describe.
The sows and boars were snorting and banging on the side of the cages
when we walked past. They were so loud it scared me, and they would suddenly
jump at the front of their cages, which surprised me, too.
At the pig farm the noise shocked me. There was a
placenta in the room where the piglets were born that shocked me, but
I could not show it or I would get in trouble. The smell at the butcher
shop almost made me throw up. Also, at the butcher shop when they were
cutting carcasses and shaving them and taking out the bones I was getting
very, very shocked.