Mouse’s Mickey Mouse Tattoo
Actually, that is not a tattoo but rather a birth mark and the reason we call this sow Mouse. On her left shoulder she has a beauty mark that looks remarkably like Disney’s famed Mickey Mouse. Given that she was born with it I think they’ll have a hard time fighting over copyright issues and prior art.
Mighty Mouse on the Hill
Mouse is one of the two oldest sows in our herd. She was just weaned today from her latest litter which included yesterday’s red piglet named Socks. While mouse is a white pig, with some black spots, looking like a pretty typical Yorkshire, she obviously carries some recessive red genes too. Crossed with Archimedes who is also white yet carries recessive red genes they produce quite a few red and spotted piglets showing the variety in their genetic heritage.
Mouse Piglets with Finisher Pig in South Field
This week we weaned a bunch of litters. On the one hand I like leaving the piglets on the sows longer during the cold winter months because the sows produce the perfect food. At this point the piglets are also eating whey and hay but they are not as good at digesting the vegetation as their mothers who have much larger jaws, teeth and longer intestines. On the other hand, the sows are starting to get milked down and will end up peakid if we don’t wean them soon. It is a balancing act between the benefits for the piglets and the health of the mother.
Outdoors: 32째F/19째F Partially Sunny, Light Snow 1/2″
Tiny Cottage: 68째F/62째F