Posted on Apr 07, 2014
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
Biscuit just turned eight years old this month, which is amazing for a farm pig who weighs one-thousand pounds!
People have taken the DNA of a wild pig and genetically engineered it to make a man made animal designed to get very big, very fast, so they can be slaughtered at six months old. When pigs are saved, they continue to grow until they are three years old, just like dogs, and that is why farm pigs are so big. Due to their abnormal size, by the time they are three or four years old, farm pigs typically have trouble walking and eventually have to be put down because they are no longer able to get up. Wild pigs live about fifteen to twenty years.
We have never had a farm pig that lived this long and we attribute it to Biscuit being so disciplined. He eats light and jogs around the barnyard every morning at 6:30am. With his vegan diet and daily exercise routine, he'll probably live forever! Biscuit is a gentle giant who loves tummy rubs and does not mind at all when we snuggle up next to him to read a book or take a nap.
Please come see Biscuit this Sunday from 10am-2pm and wish him a happy birthday! We will be singing Happy Birthday to Biscuit at 12:30pm.