2009 Fall Equinox Piglets from Torn

16 Piglets – A Cohort of Many Colors

With so many sows one would think that there would be piglets born every few days. There aren’t. Rather the sows cluster weeks of lots of piglets being born and then a span of no new piglets. This is the start of a birthing time. In addition to Torn’s 16 above there is another sow in the north herd who had thirteen and many smaller litters from new gilts. Big Red, Quartermane and other of the experienced sows look like they’ll follow Torn soon.

Now with the warm fall weather it is a good time to have babies. By the time cold weather really hits these piglets will be big enough to handle winter. Pigs grow fast. In just six months they’ll go from a couple of pounds to 250 lbs. As fall pigs they’ll know all the seasons, the warm pastures which die back gradually to gold and then the start of winter as the snows deepen. For some pigs there is just eternal summer with lush pastures or eternal winter snows in years when we have six months of snow. Hay is the only reminder of summer pastures along with the dirt I scoop out of the hole in the mountain.

But for now the days are the glory of fall and the hills are alive with guntgorian chanting as the sows nurse their new litters.

Outdoors: 71째F/52째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 72째F/63째F

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11 Responses to 2009 Fall Equinox Piglets from Torn

  1. heyercapital says:

    "guntgorian chant"

    LOL. Well forged, wordsmithy.

  2. blubonnet52 says:

    those are some colorful piglets, had on for a pet but he kept climbing the fence, they are smarter than you think they are.

  3. How can any farmer look at this pic and then try to justify confinement operations ? Reminds of the song by R.E.M. " Shiny Happy Piglets"

  4. Mary Ricksen says:

    How did they come in so many colors?
    So cute when they are little.

  5. Our pigs are a cross of Yorkshire x Berkshire x Large Black x Tamworth x Hampshire x ??? In other words, All American Mutts. With each generation we select the best of the best for breeding. There are some interesting colors that come down through their heritage breeds. White is a dominant gene followed by red and black. Yellow, spots and pajama stripes show up at times. Lots of colorful fun. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cute today, dinner tomorrow. Is this the generation that will not leave the farm with hearts beating?

  7. Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing. Breeding to Birthing to Boxing all without the stress of having to travel, visit exotic lairages and meat strange people. Now there is a laudable goal!

  8. Pam in WNY says:

    hey walter… just wondering- i've seen postings regarding the geese, dogs, kids, but not anything about sheep. do you make sheep's milk cheese? is that part of your big secret?

    love the blog, by the way.

  9. Cara says:

    Hi Walter – I'm not sure where to post this – not sure it goes here. I have a general question and it is a silly, but genuine one. It seems you have mostly un-neutered animals, and I love that idea. It also seems you let the pigs pretty much "do their thing" and don't try to control when they breed. But what about the other animals – sheep, dogs? How do you keep their reproduction in check (if you do)? Do you separate the sexes all the time or just at key times? How does yuor method work? Thanks in advance – am loving the blog.

  10. Pam, A Dairy. Hmm… That's a good idea. We drink enough milk, we ought to get a cow. Or goats. Or milk sheep. Hope, age 6, suggests we milk the pigs and make pig cheese and butter. So many possibilities.

    Cara, regarding breeding controls see here for a detailed answer.

  11. Jerry says:

    I remember thinking similarly to Hope when I was around that age. Luckily we had plenty of cows which seemed easier to milk.

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