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So the time has come to turn chaos into sausage, hams, pork chops and of course BACON. We had a plan, the plan was good, the plan worked, kind of.
So the awesome friend we have who loaned me the horse trailer the last time I had to transport the pigs again allowed me to use the trailer to get the pigs to the butcher. The shop I decided on is Westcliffe Meats located in Westcliffe, CO about an hour away. I had heard good things from others and decided between the awesome customer service and great prices this was the route I would go.
I called ahead and scheduled my drop off. I recommend always calling at least a few weeks prior to when you want to have any processing done as they do have busy periods and Westcliffe Meats was no exception. They have a regular customer base and since it is a small family owned operation they do not have the capacity to hold a large number of animals, In the pens or in the freezer.
I knew that the trailer had some issues with the wiring so I ordered a new 7 way trailer plug and installed a new 7 way socket on my 2011 Ford Expedition Click here to see how I did it. Due to delays in shipping I received the new wiring the night before I was due to leave.
When I went to install the new wiring on the trailer I discovered that under the electrical tape that currently secured the wiring together the wires were all cut with only 1 wire going to the plug, not good. I tried everything I could to get at least the lights to work but the old wiring was just too damaged. I didn’t want to drive the hour through the mountains without lights and as I had planned on going straight to work after dropping them off I was worried about getting a ticket driving a trailer without lights in town. I did what I could said a few prayers and went to bed afraid on what would happen in the morning.
During the night I ended up having a dream that I had an extra 4 way wiring harness in the garage that I could run for just the lights and I would be safe driving on the road. I awoke about 4:30 in the morning and went to check the garage. It was there sitting where It had been in my dream. I grabbed my flashlight and a jacket.
Armed with the harness and electrical tools I backed the Expedition into place and started to run the new wires to the taillights and the grounds. When I plugged it in it worked! Now that I had lights it was time to load the pigs.
We had discussed keeping our favorite pig (yes we did have a favorite) but when we loaded the pigs she had decided to join the group and go along for the ride. Believe me if a pig decides she is staying put in the trailer she is staying put.
The drive went well and although I wish the trailer brakes worked on some of the hills we made it safe and sound to the butcher shop. I was asked to drive around back and a quick unload into a pen sealed the pigs fate. I was told I would receive an email with all the hot weights (the weight of the pig after it was slaughtered and prepped. I would then choose the cuts I wanted and the wait would begin. BACON!!