Australia is nesting

This morning when making rounds after chores I found that the sow Australia was building a nest in the brush along the east edge of the south field. This morning she didn’t come up to get food although she was delighted with the bread I brought down to her nesting spot. She is well bagged up. Yesterday I noticed her color marks had darkened. She should be farrowing soon, possibly in the next three days.

Yesterday we moved the sheep from the home field lane to the south field with the help of the dogs Saturn, Cinnamon and Kia who kept them grouped. I am hoping the sheep will eat down the brush at the top of the hill in the south field which will make for better sledding and snow-boarding come winter. Last winter I used the tractor to make jumps, a half pipe and three crescents for the kids.

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6 Responses to Australia is nesting

  1. Sara Hinmann says:

    Pix! Pix! Comone! How about some photos of the animals and boarding!

  2. Anonymous says:

    yes! pictures! please!!! has a austrailia had babies yet?

  3. Mark Vonta says:

    If the piglets are born this week how long will it bee until they are ready to leave there mother? How long after that until they are big enough to slaughter?

  4. Piglets can be weaned as early as 10 days. This is often done in large operations. We prefer to wait 21 to 28 days before weaning the piglets. They are then called weaners.

    The weaners become growers and then finishers up to the point that they are about 200 to 250 lbs and ready for the butcher. The growth rate slows down at that point which is why that is typically used as the cut off for slaughtering. It takes about six months to attain that size. On pasture they take a little longeer than on a grain fed diet.

    Gilts (unbred females) grow the slowest, barrows (castrated males) about 10% faster and the boars (intact males) grow the fastest at about 20% faster than gilts and 10% faster than barrows. All of this is averages – some gilts will grow faster and larger than some barrows and even than some boars. Your Mileage May Vary. :)

  5. Dawn Carroll says:

    You said…”Yesterday I noticed her color marks had darkened. She should be farrowing soon, possibly in the next three days.”

    What color marks on Australia are you referring too that would indicate farrowing should occur in the next three days?

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