Sheila is 72 inches long ( 6 foot, 182cm) and her girth is 68 inches ( 172cm). She is 34 inches high at the highest point of her back and when I measured her girth I could not reach all the way around her, I had to lean over her back and kind of throw the end of the tape around and underneath her, then crawl under her belly and retrieve it.
Not many pigs would be happy with all that behaviour but Sheila and I have an understanding.
After applying the equation from yesterday Sheila’s weight comes to 832 pounds/377 kg. And the WINNER of words is Eydie with an amazing estimate of 831 pounds. Email me Eydie at email@example.com and we can discuss your guest post on the 18th of February. If you want to of course. No worries.
In many old Polynesian cultures if the king and his wives were nice and fat and well fed they were seen to be successful and powerful. Only the poorest or hardest working were as skinny as the skinny girls of today. I love Sheila’s size. Pigs keep growing and I know of some perfectly healthy and still working boars who have reached 1500 -1700lbs sometimes more. There are even some show pigs as much as a ton (2,000 pounds) though I imagine their lives are not very long. Sheila will keep growing in size this is why one must NOT overfeed pigs unless they are not expected to live terribly long. In winter Sheila eats 4 pounds of my special feed mix a day (quarter of which is alfalfa or rabbit pellets) one egg, fruit, all the hay she wants and vegetables on store day.
In the animal kingdom the biggest and tallest and strongest and most flamboyent are the leaders of the herds.
Our big Sheila is the leader of her herd. This is why she has been deemed a Pet on the farm. I want her to stick around. She knows all my ways and trains the younger ones and keeps the older ones in order. She is a natural and firm but fair leader.
Yesterday we smoked a couple of our own pasture raised chickens in John’s new home made smoker.
We had fun yesterday. Sheila loved the attention. All the measuring and hugging.
When I left her last night she was standing in the yard happily munching on hay intent on getting even bigger.
I hope you have a lovely day.