Pigs are Fat and Loud

May 27 | 2 Comments

Funny Tasting BaconSo my mother walks into the local Petco store with me safely secured on a leash next to her, and one of the employees has the audacity to ask, “Is that a pig you got with you?”

The nerve of that guy. I was so mad I could hardly reply back, “No, that’s my mother!”

OK…it’s an old joke, but always smells fresh to me.

Anyway,  it’s a great lead in to today’s story about pigs and the damage they can do to our owners.

You’d think a story about the porcines among us would be about how they jam up arteries with fatty plaque, but that’s where you’d be wrong. The Farmer’s Weekly Interactive has all the details (yes, THE Farmer’s Weekly Interactive!!).

Pig farmers have been warned to wear earmuffs when feeding their herds to stop them being deafened.

The Health and Safety Executive said squeals made by pigs while they are eating can reach over 100 decibels, louder than a circular saw or a power drill.
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The noise in pig farms where hundreds of swine are kept close together in sheds can reach 100dB or more during feeding, it added.

The HSE-recommended livestock farmers should avoid working around pigs at feeding time by changing feeding regimes or doing other jobs when the animals have been fed.

“Reduce the duration of exposure by job rotation, providing a noise refuge, or arranging the work so that no one needs to be in the noisy area,” it said.

Areas where sounds reach 85dB or higher should be marked as “hearing protection zones” where farmworkers should be made to wear hearing protection, it added.

No word on how loud Ned Beatty squealed in Deliverance.

For those interested, here’s a resource for you on the decibel levels of common noises…and who said this blog doesn’t provide useful information?

    DB Sound
    -5 – A dog whistle
    0 – Lowest sound audible
    15 – Common commands such as sit, stay, no, down, come
    30 – Quiet Library, soft whisper, the sound of pee hitting a couch
    40 – Quiet office, living room or silent but deadly farts
    50 – Light traffic at a distance, refrigerator, gentle breeze, the snore of a daytime napper
    60 – Air conditioner at 20 feet, conversation, squeeky toy squeak
    70 – Busy traffic, noisy restaurant, bean burrito fart
    80 – Subway, heavy city traffic, alarm clock at two feet, friendly bark
    90 – Truck traffic, noisy home appliances, shop tools, lawnmower, warning bark
    100 – Squealing pigs, chainsaw, boiler shop, pneumatic drill.
    110 – Car coming home (ours needs a new muffler)
    120 – Request to go for a ride


2 Responses to “Pigs are Fat and Loud”

  1. Elcorin on May 30th, 2009 4:36 am – da best. Keep it going!

  2. Keydrick on September 2nd, 2014 5:32 pm

    Hey, that’s pofuwrel. Thanks for the news.

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