Torn with Piglets
Entertainers and high fashion models in the porn industry can’t hold a candle to some of the all naturally very well endowed beauties we have on our farm. Some of our sows even rival Jersey and Holstein cows in their productivity. Hope wants to try milking them. I have read of a place in Texas that makes pig cheese. Interesting possibilities.
For now though we’ll focus on making weaner pigs. Big breasted sows have more milk to offer their piglets so they grow faster and healthier, weaning at larger sizes. Older sows generally are more experienced and have larger litters as well. Currently, four sows are farrowing. Two more are approaching their date with their nests. We’ve been tweaking the nursery suites in the South Field Shed greenhouse area so the ladies have defensible spaces that others won’t enter but they can easily go in and out of to get food, water and exercise.
Tonight Torn is sleeping with the Seven Silly Sisters and Black Boar, of her own choice. I think that after two weeks she has had enough being nursed on all night. In the morning she’ll move back into her maternity suite after stopping by the cafe for a bite to eat and drink and then maybe moseying over to visit the facilities.
During the warm months the sows go of to the pasture margins to farrow in the shelter of the brush. It is the best of times, it is the easy times. Winter is a whole other world. We live on what might be described as glacial pack from a pig’s point of view. Some born into winter will never see growing grass. The months wear on to centuries of the great pig year. In the old it takes a lot more thinking, design, construction and managing on our part to simulate the best of summer time. Each year we get a little better at it.
Outdoors: 35°F/8°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/57°F Windows Open Some
Daily Spark: Kid-1 to Kid-2: “Adult proof medicine bottles are so our parents won’t forget they need us.”