Archives for the month of: August, 2013

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8/1 Our sow, Ghirlie delivered 10 piglets.  It is very late in the year for babies of any species.  As is evident here the pasture is past prime growing season and has turned into a dry lot.  There is a farmer maintained wallow to the left of this image, but I cannot seem to be there when they are and have a camera!

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If they grow like we think (and hope!) they will be little pig whole roaster size between Thanksgiving and Christmas, then we will be able to “plan” the next litter for spring 2014.  These piglets were 7 males to 3 females so we will be able to select 1 female to keep.  These little ones are red pig crosses, the sow is a Tamworth, and the sire a Tamworth/ Duroc/ Red Wattle.  The next brood will be this Tamworth sow crossed with our Large Black Hog “Jack”. 

A big shout out to Walter Jefferies at Sugar Mountain Farm (http://SugarMtnFarm.com/home/) who had a previous post about the behavior of a recently farrowed sow, and the “milk bar”.  This was an experience for me as sows do not behave with babies the way the other farm mothers do.  There is no licking or nuzzling, nor nursing on demand.  The information I found there was very reassuring.

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Yipeeee – enough tomatoes to process a batch.  This is the first harvest to 3 years that has yielded enough to put any up.  That is 30 pounds waiting to be turned in to pantry stash.

I included the lid product I use.  These are “Tattler Lids”  and are reusable.  I still use metal lids on items I will give away.

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