Piglets are popping out left and right out in the pasture and the hill dens. The photo above is Winnie with her nine new piglets out at the end of the paddock four of the south field. She has created a nest under the shelter of brush – important as we got a light rain this evening. Nine is a good sized first litter for a new sow. I think that Winnie farrowed on Monday morning as she didn’t come to greet me during chores. I didn’t actually get a chance to go looking for her until yesterday afternoon. The sound of the piglets nursing was what led me to her nest.
This brings the piglet count in the field to 18 which means that we will finally have enough to fill the orders that have been pending. It has been a little bit of an odd year farrowing-wise as the new young sows have their first litters. I had expected these last three to have been born at least a month ago. Since we keep our boar in with the herd it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when piglets will be born. We sometimes get some surprising clumps of births like the six sows that all went within a few days of each other the end of January. Mother Nature has lots of surprises!
65째F/69째F Sunny, Light rain towards evening