Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ribby Arcs & The Sanitized Pig

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Rib Assembly Table (Click images for Big Picture) There is no flat land where we live. Every thing is sloped. That helps with drainage but makes building things like these 50′ long greenhouse ribs a bit challenging. To ease the … Continue reading

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A Mess of Winter Piglets

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Tamborine and Eight Piglets Last night this sow in our Tamworth line had eight piglets down in the south field shed. She’s giving me the eye, wondering if I’m going to disturb her. There is no need. She farrowed fine … Continue reading

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Feet Seated or Not

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The next morning after putting in some ribs on the greenhouse I came out and noticed something odd. In the dark we didn’t realize we had put in two of the locking bolts at the bottom of the 50′ ribs … Continue reading

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Deep Pack Bedding Temperature

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A Balmy 79°F For winter paddocks we build deep bedding packs of wood chips† and hay. In the picture above a grower pig is checking my checking of the long probe checking the temperature of the bedding pack where she … Continue reading

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Polyurea and Tape Boot Patching

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Tape and Polyurea Boots wear out. Sometimes we wear out our souls. Sometimes we get punctures in the sides from projections like sticks or rocks. Even the best boots we’ve found to date wear out. If a boot lasts a … Continue reading

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Big Punch Hoe Train

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Punch Hoe Train We saw this interesting machine drive up to the railroad tracks and climb on to the south bound line.

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Merry Christmas 2014

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Tiny Cottage Christmas Tree 2014

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Rib Assembly – Some Modifications Required

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Rib Assembly Table Above is the temporary 40’x16′ table Will and Ben built for assembling the ribs of our greenhouse. There are 25 ribs each made of five sections of 2.375″ diameter heavy gauge galvanized pipe that slip together with … Continue reading

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Winter Piglets

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Winter Piglets with Pretty Girl Sow These are not all her piglets and some of her piglets are on other sows. Rather some of the 23 piglets belonging to three sows in the lower garden which is one of our … Continue reading

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Hunting Christmas

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Hope with Christmas Tree Hope and I went out hunting Christmas trees in the south field. They graze out there on pasture, getting plump and full figured, not at all a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree variety. Ours are healthy, free-ranged, … Continue reading

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