Party Time!


Woosels Dancing in the Snow

When I went out for morning chores I saw the many varied foot prints of woosels dancing in the snow. They were probably hunting small rodents. These woosels are likely ermine. I have seen the wild woosels recently but suspect they’ve put on their winter coats just like their cousin ferrets who live in our house.

Outdoors: 34°F/29°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/61°F

Daily Spark: 2012-12-20.847222: Time to party like it’s the end of the world! (Again.)

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6 Responses to Party Time!

  1. Philip Katatumba says:

    Looks like wheel loader tracks too. Hi Walter, my sow had 9 piglets 7 months ago. These 7 months old pigs didn’t grow well due too a poor feeding regime. Our whey is heavily diluted with water. I will use what we call bongo (spoiled milk) now for the first 3 months say before moving onto whey.

    Because these guys where so small about 1.5ft tall they never gave up trying to root for milk from there mummy even after 1 month weaning albeit poorly done cause they often jumped the fence to rejoin the mother.

    During the 7 months period she was serviced and farrowed yesterday. Labor was long tiring one still born with five small piglets. Could it be the constant rooting on the adder that caused this? Or pasture consumed or length of time between farrows?

    I have two other sow that should be farrowing soon. They are the no nonsense kind and told their piglets to keep off during gestation. I will let you know how the fair.

    Thanks and chat later.

    • Hmm… Not something I’ve ever heard of. We have only had one sow who we let try to self wean – she didn’t, it was an experiment. Her next litter was normal. I’m guessing something else such as perhaps your sow only got serviced once rather than the typical two or more times. More times tends to result in larger litters. A farmer once told me that the sows have the largest litters if they rebreed right after a sudden weaning – not to leave piglets nursing. He said if they wait and are rebred later they don’t have as large a litter. I’m not sure if that is true or not as our sows rebreed right away since they are living with the boars. Let me know how the other two sows do. Its an interesting little experiment.

      THe ‘wheel loader track’ in the photo is my size 12 boot. :)

  2. george kelly wages says:

    Happy New Year! Just wanted to say I enjoy your emails. I raise Large blacks and some red wattle large black crosses. I will say for grazing type hogs, when the grass is gone. A grazing hog will root like any other type hog. As the saying goes root hog or die! My field will all have to be plowed and leveled by spring. but thats ok as it helps with the feed bill. The Red Wattles are the worst for rooting. I planted wheat in the fields, but its not good enough and to slow of a growth rate. Iam thinking of a fodder system( Farm Tek type) what do you Think about those systems? I will talk more later and thanks for your Great web site. George.

    • I saw the fodder systems in the FarmTek catalog. I have no experience with them but my impression is that they are a very costly and labor intensive way of producing food for animals. If you try them I would be interested in hearing your feedback.

  3. William Warden says:

    Went to a workshop on chickens in Randolph last fall. A feed rep from NY showed a study on “fodder” Basically you are better off to feed the grain than to grow fodder. Nutritional value drops fast from seed to sprout.

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