This past weekend we weaned Mercy's pigs. Weaning pigs from their mother is the process of separating the little pigs from their mother. This is important for a multitude of reasons, one of the biggest being: the mother pig usually can't continue to nurse the pigs without risking her own health. The hog industry usually weans pigs when they are around 10 days old. We, on the other hand, wean our pigs between 7 and 8 weeks of age, depending on how mom and the pigs are looking. Keeping the pigs with their mom ensures they receive plenty of milk and become strong and healthy without the need of antibiotics or other "health crutches."
Mercy moved back in with the other hogs and her little pigs stayed in their existing paddock. The little pigs almost seem to enjoy the freedom, while mama pig certainly showed signs of concern the first couple days away. A week later, though, everyone is happy, healthy, and enjoying the long, green pasture that is available to them.
Here's a video of the pigs back when they were about 4 weeks old. Mama's doing a great job showing them how to graze long grass.