This is the matron of our herd. Like her name says, she’s a Big Pig. She now has her denser winter coat. Every fall I notice their coats thicken up. They look whiter until we get snow which shows their color to be anything but white with its extreme contrast. The coat of hair on the pigs is nothing like the double coat of fur on the dogs or the wool on the sheep but I suspect it does keep her warmer than if she were naked.
Today we put a water line in a trench from the overflow of one of the springs down to the sow level where the pigs are wintering. That will give them fresh running water in their little pond. Previously I just had the black plastic water line running along the surface through the field but with winter coming it might freeze. This will save me from having to carry water to them. Simple automation that makes a difference in everyone’s life. The pigs always have fresh water and I don’t have to lug it.
Winter is like eating ice cream for breakfast every day.
29째F/9째F, 2″ Snow