Sledding Over Drive

Will Snowboarding the Drive

Living on a hill means walking up and down a lot. Or at least in the summer. In the winter you can snowboard or sled back down the hill each pass. A strap on the board makes it easy to sling on a shoulder as Will does many times each day.

Ben & Hope Tobogganing the Drive

I built the way driveway to get the whey to the top of the home field area so we could use gravity for feeding from the tanks down to the pigs. Gravity has other uses though… The pigs above are watching Ben and Hope careen off the high snow drifts as they zip down the driveway on a toboggan.

Snowbow after Storm

After the recent snow storm we saw this beautiful snowbow poking up from the lower marshes. It was still snowing slightly and the morning sun was low in the sky making it just a short, wide vertical bow of colors.

Growers at Whey Tubs

I’ve mentioned about using bathtubs for pig troughs. They’re the right depth and very rugged. Standard livestock troughs are too deep to be well utilized by pigs, especially the smaller ones like these growers who are only about 100 to 150 lbs. But bathtubs are lower so the pigs have an easier time reaching in to drink.

The tub on the left is an old style very heavy cast iron tub. These are especially good as they are so tough and heavy. Even the bigger pigs don’t tend to flip them. The one on the right in the photo above is a more modern thin walled steel tub which the bigger pigs will pickup and throw in frustration if it is empty. This is less of a problem in the winter when the tubs are frozen to the ground.

Plastic bathtubs might work for piglets but would be totally destroyed by even medium sized pigs so I suggest sticking with recycling metal tubs. Otherwise you’ll be picking up the pieces all over the place.

Outdoors: 26°F/12°F Partially Sunny
Farm House: 52°F/44°F
Tiny Cottage: 55°F/52°F Attic ladder sanding, Bed shelf cutting, Woodstove burn out,

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6 Responses to Sledding Over Drive

  1. John Collis says:

    Walter do you ever have a problem with whey going bad before you use it all?

  2. I’ve never had whey go bad. Even when we’ve had whey for several days or a week it stays good. Realize that we do not live in a hot climate. Our mean annual temperature is probably about 50째F, our summers almost never get about 80째F and our high is 86째F in the many years I’ve recorded the daily high and low. This means we basically have almost year round refrigeration.

    Additionally, the pigs drink up the whey very quickly so it doesn’t linger. Perhaps in a hot climate if the whey stayed for days it would be an issue.

  3. John Collis says:

    Thanks for the reply and for visiting my blog. I am looking into milk and whey as alternative feed source, but I have reservations about storing it. Temperatures here average in the 80’s to 90’s most of the summer and we get a few days in the triple digits.

  4. Hmm… Those temperatures would make me hesitate. One thought would be to set it up so that the whey or excess milk were chilled by the earth (buried tank) or a spring. Our springs stay around 45째F year round. Perhaps that would work. Another idea would be an insulated tank to keep the heat out. When you get the whey it will probably be cool.

  5. Brian says:

    I use milk and clostrum from a local farm that ships it calves to another farm to be raised on “formula” It seems The more curdeled the milk gets in the summer the better the pigs like it and with no ill affects to the pigs

  6. That’s a good point, Brian. I often add yogurt to the tanks of whey. This provides important culture for the pigs digestive tracts. We make the yogurt by putting a small bit in a clean pail of whey and letting it sit.

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