Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted May 13, 2014
First things first: We did not eat Porkroll. That being said he was a pig that was being kept on a farm that I worked on when I was younger. He was a difficult pig to work with at first, and he bit me several times when I tried to coral him. Porkroll was snappy and he liked to snort when he was unhappy. I used to feed him and then brush him to keep his hair from curling too much and giving him hair splinters. I remember that it was like trying to brush a Brillo pad. After several weeks of feeding him, I started petting him and sneaking him little crab apples. He started to like me after that, but he still bit me a few more times. Another thing about this breed of pig is that they produce an inordinate amount of waste. Fortunately I worked on a farm so it went towards making compost and fertilizer, but it was still an amazing amount of waste for such a small animal. I feel like Porkroll was a grumpy old man embodied in a pig, even though he was young when I worked with him. Several years later I heard that they had transferred Porkroll to a larger farm after the owner decided to move away.