Will and Ben with Sows in New Pasture (Click Image for Large View)
We recently moved sixteen late gestation sows to the lower pond level where they’re already beginning to farrow their litters. This level doesn’t actually have access to the pond, something the sows would enjoy. Later after the piglets are a little larger they be able to go in there.
The yellow flowers in the picture are Sunchokes also known as Jerusalem Artichokes which are a sunflower like plant that produces tubers that the pigs love. In the process of eating the tubers the pigs help prepare the soil for next year and spread small bits of tuber that then will grow in the spring.
Also in this paddock are pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, lambs quarter, clover, a variety of grasses and other forages. This is one of those gardens I do not weed. Where some people might see weeds, the pigs and I see food that they can harvest themselves.
In August 158 piglets were born in the north fields. That is an unusually high clustering. These will grow on the late summer and fall pastures and then mature to market size in the winter months. This puts them at a good weight going into the cold months so they’ll be able to do well in the dark days.
In a week to ten days the sows will have this paddock eaten down and then they’ll move out to the lower south field paddocks. We started with this close in paddock because it is tightly fenced as a winter paddock and summer garden. This lets us rehome the sows to the new location so they’ll have their piglets close in rather than out on the mountain.
Outdoors: 72°F/43°F 1.5″ Rain, Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/67°F
Zen of Programming:
Every program has one or more bugs.
Every program has one more more extra instructions.
The perfect program has no bugs and no extra instructions.
The perfect programmer writes no code.