Remus Enjoying the Sun
Our chickens and pigs are not the only ones who’ve been enjoying the recent warm and sunny weather. This is Remus, the negotiator, who is one of our livestock guardian herding dogs taking a break on a hay bale. A high up perch is perfect for enjoying the sun while surveying his domain and charges.
This is the first year we’ve ever bought enough hay. In fact, we may even have extra. It’s a good feeling having a large enough supply going into the winter. If hay is limited, the pigs drink less whey. If whey is limited the pigs eat less hay. Either way they grow more slowly than if both hay and whey are freely available.
Hay is pasture stored over for winter just like we do canning for our family’s table. Hay is not as good as fresh pasture, just like canned goods are not as good as fresh vegetables and fruit. But in our cold climate it gets us and the livestock through the winter to the coming spring when the pastures will burst forth. For us that is May. Fresh food coming soon to a field near us…
As I have been cleaning up the mess I made while working on revising the structure of my blog I’ve added in some posts that were supposed to have appeared during that interim period. Check them out at:
Blog Updates April 2014
Exploding Dish of Color
South Field Winter Paddock
New Piglets Nursing
Piglet & Chicken Sunning
Outdoors: 48°F/22°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/61°F
Daily Spark: We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. -Ayn Rand 1905-1982 (It is to be noted that she wrote that long ago. She did not even see the year 1984 never mind today’s NSA, IRS and CIA boondoggles. Little changes.)