With Successor in Place, Tusk IV Prepares for Retirement


Tusk IV is set to retire around this time next year. Keith Stokes, who has taken care of the lineage of Tusks since the programs inception in 1997, says it was simply to ensure the legacy of Tusk lives on. 

“The average life span on this Hogs is kinda like dogs,” Stokes told the Pig Trail Nation. “The bigger they are, the shorter the lifespan. Tusk’s father and uncle were actually heavier than him. And Tusk’s father lived to be about 10 years old. So, Tusk IV was 8 this following February, so we just felt like it was time to go ahead and get the process and get the animal on the ground.”

When it’s time for Tusk to retire, Stokes already has plans for him, living any Hog’s dream. 

“He just becomes like a retired person,” said Stokes. “He just gets to hang out on the farm, just take it easy, play in the mud, roll in the mud. He’ll still get his snacks and treats and everything, cuz we’re not gonna forget him.  But he just won’t have to load up in the trailer and go around and see his fans all over.”

Before Tusk IV retirement could officially be announced, he had one more duty. He had to sire a litter of five piglets. So how do they determine which one gets the elusive title of Tusk V?

“We try to pick out the one that has the best personality and things like that.,” said Stokes. “You know, his handle’s good, and not scared of people and things like that.”

In the litter of five, Tusk is the 4th born, but 1st male. His younger brother is Prince Tusk and will be a back up to his older brother.

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