My Winter Office

Winter Office

With piglets popping right, left and center we spend a lot of time hanging around the sows, taking shifts through the day and night to be there just in case. This is a winter thing – our winters extend from November well into April.

In the easier warm seasons the sows go out on pasture to make their nests and have piglets without any aid but in the depths of winter it is about five or six times more labor intensive – that is what is needed to produce the spring piglets that are in high demand as well as having pigs available year round for stores and restaurants.

We are looking forward to the golden months, the warm season.

Outdoors: 43°F/21°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/59°F No Fire all this week

Daily Spark: People are like tea bags, you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are. -Anon

About Walter Jeffries

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4 Responses to My Winter Office

  1. phil says:

    Hi, i just had a quick question because i was looking and didnt seem to find any information on this. I am building a shelter for my pigs and i was going to use cedar posts to build it. Then i thought about the possibillity that pigs could be allergic to cedar. Only because i know my dog is. So my question is, is there anything pigs come in contact to or may that they are allergic too. That you know of? And especially, are they allergic to cedar? Thanks.

    • Good question and I’m not absolutely sure. I have wondered the same for the simple reason that cedar lasts in the soil so well and thus is a good choice for fence posts.

      Our pigs do like to lie under cedar copses and they do chew a bit on cedar branches so if there is a toxicity issue it is not strong. Some evergreens act as natural dewormers. I have never heard of it being an allergy.

  2. Farmerbob1 says:

    I love the spark on this page, Walter!

    There are an awful large number of pigs here though, are you watching for sows that are trying to get away from the rest, or do they farrow in close company in the winter?

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