Striated Clouds


Striated Clouds in Evening

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6 Responses to Striated Clouds

  1. I do hope Walter,that when you captured this pic you were takin' 5 and laying flat on your back enjoying natures beauty vs being passed out from work with your unconscious hand snapping random shots.

  2. *grin* Close. I had been curled up with a good book ("Art of Making Fermented Sausages") when I looked out the cottage bedroom and spied these clouds. One of the joys of the cottage is having windows that actually look out somewhere.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Again,
    I am wondering about birthing pigs. I've put a hold on 3 sows and one bore. I have put two pasture pens up for rotation. now the piglets are goin to be only 8 weeks or so. do I need to keep them in until they get older? when is it ok to put them out?

    also, I dont have any shelter set up… Are they ok until fall? novemberish?

    one last thing. I read that if you want the pigs to move from one pen to another DO NOT use electric fence in that area because wether its there or not they wont go through, is that true?I have them set up with electric poly wire and handles at one end. is that good enough? thanks allot! Robert

  4. Robert,

    We pasture our pigs from birth. They're born out in the fields so they're familiar with those spaces. We don't fence for them but rather fence for the bigger animals and the piglets stay in because they stay with the adults. Note, we are not near neighbors or on a busy road. If you have either you would want to fence more tightly.

    If you're getting piglets I would strongly suggest introducing them to your fields slowly. Start them in a very strongly and tightly physically fenced area of say 16'x16' or so. Put electric fencing inside that of the same type you use in the field so they learn it. After a few weeks you can open the door to let them explore out into the pasture but return home to their safe haven.

    We fence with electricity right across gates. Pigs learn to recognize the fence/gate is open and passable. We have dozens of gates like this so we can do rotational grazing, opening and closing them out on the pastures to let the pigs have access to different sections. Works fine. Just be patient so the pigs have time to explore the new opening and check that it is safe. Remember, never be rushing.

  5. Monday uankhoba says:

    Hi walter,
    I commend you for your great works
    I jst got my pigs, 2 sows n a boar, one of the sow is already pregnant less than 2 months i got them. My concern is what do i feed to the piglets post weaning.
    Thanks, monday from nigeria.

    • At weaning I would suggest separating the sow and piglets by at least two fences, distance and wind – put the sow up wind or cross wind. One good thing to do is leave the piglets for a week in their original space as they’ll be calm there. Leaving some of the sow’s dung in is a good idea.

      Prior to weaning, setup a creep feeder so the piglets can have access to some extra feed. Use a feed similar to the sow’s plus some extra like milk, bread, some clover, grass, etc. This will help the piglets transition. I like to wean at about six weeks +/-2.

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