Almost 13,000 Comments!

Almost 13,000 Comments

We are about to hit an interest milestone of 13,000 comments. Wow! About 2,000 of those are my replies to questions so that is about 11,000 incoming comments from you all.

Who will be that lucky 13,000th commenter? How about a prize of your choice of a calendar or a pig pen! Spammers don’t get to win, just real people… :)

The SiteMeter visitor counter stands at 3,242,315 as my blog approaches eight years in the end of August.

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21 Responses to Almost 13,000 Comments!

  1. Regina P says:

    Speaking of comments, I got my postcard today. Kia has a wonderful smile.

  2. Eileen Matthai says:

    I got my postcard too! Thanks Will!

  3. Nance says:

    I could use a calendar? :) 11,000 or 13,000 — no matter how you look at it, that is a very large amount!

  4. Neil Yetman says:

    I’ve been following your blog and reading through older posts since we’ve gotten our first pig last summer, a gilt. We’ve had a boar borrowed for the last 3 weeks. Hopefully we know next week if he’s done the job.

    Your website is a wealth of knowledge. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the great work.

  5. Janice says:

    How many of your unpublished articles do you have now Walt? I know that number was enough to write several books last I knew. Your writing ability and prolificness astounds me. I can’t imagin how you get that all written and answr so many peoples quesions while also training dogs, gardening, running a farm, breeding pigs, building a house, building a butcher shop, hoemeschooling your kids and all the other things you do! Dont you ever sleep?

    • The the moment I have 936 drafts, most of which are close to polished articles but generally I want to give them another reread before releasing them.

      • Juli W. says:

        Mr. Jeffries- If you ever publish a book with all your “classes” from here on raising pigs and more :) I will definitely buy it as a book to keep by my side for our homesteading years. The first time I ever clicked a picture to your site on the sidebar suggestions off another organic farm somewhere, can’t even remember now, I was so smitten with the wealth of information pictures, family and everything elsae here, I bookmarked you, which is something i hardly ever do. Thank you for all your teachings. You are an amazing family, the likes of which built this great Country. You are all much admired and appreciated!

  6. Accidental Mick says:

    I am not in the least surprised at that number of comments as your posts are always interesting, informative and well written. I could double that number of comments if I told you after every post how much I enjoyed reading it but that would get boring. So I will just say;

    1. I respect and applaud what you have set out to do in raising your pigs.
    2. I am awed by the shear hard work you have put in to achieve your goals.
    3. As a retired Project Manager you have my professional respect for the planning you put into each task you set yourself.

    Just keep posting.

    • Shelly says:

      This. This is what I would say. Who would have thought I’d have so much fun reading about farm adventures? My chickens thank you. My Aussie would like to come live with you.

  7. Larry AJ says:

    Ahhh, Thistles, I know them WELL!
    On my Grandmother’s farm in southern Iowa, they grew so thick in the pasture by the house and barn yard there were many places where you simply could NOT walk! At the age of eight my Grandmother told me she would pay me a penny for each thistle I would hoe down when I was down to spend a few weeks with her. It was sort of like shoveling against the tide. :-) I don’t think I made much of a dent in the thistle population, especially in August when would get 103° in the shade. I think it was not until my uncle bought a new Ford 8N to replace his team of horses, that he began to get ahead of the thistles.

    • Larry AJ says:

      I was trying to reply to
      Thistle Seeds
      that was
      Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2005 @ 20:54 by Walter Jeffries
      but forgot to put in the CAPTCHA code. In trying to get back so I could enter it I lost the connection to that post since it was in the Random Lucky Posts section.

      • I think you’re looking for this post titled Thistle Seeds. I typed Thistle Seeds into the Search box in the upper part of the right hand sidebar to find it. That is one tricky thing about the Random Lucky Posts – they don’t come up the same each time so it can be a trick re-finding one. I have run into that too.

  8. John Klimes says:

    I don’t see a pig pen in your products list. Now that you mention it I am interested.

    • Interesting point. How about $5 plus shipping. Holly just told me that it costs $2.12 to mail a pen all by itself but if it were going with a shirt or such then there would be no extra postage. Sound good?

  9. And we have a winner! Jordan won the calendar prize for posting the 13,000th comment.

  10. Jeri says:

    Truly impressed here in Texas! You have a wonderfully informative blog.

  11. Debbie Wagnerr says:

    Always enjoy the posts. I learn something from each one!

  12. Edmund Brown says:

    Hi Walter,
    Well, I’m going to echo a consistent theme in this comment stream – Thanks for the treasure trove of good, useful information you articulate so clearly here on your website. I only just discovered your blog, and am enjoying my dive into its depths.

    I’m in the very beginning stages of building a direct market meat business in upstate NY (not too far from Cooperstown). We (my family, my brother and his family) have a small beef herd, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to provide for much of a livelihood from cattle alone what with the carrying costs of the cow being shouldered by only one offspring per year.

    We’ve thought of sheep and swine and are now doing homework on them. You certainly make a strong case for the latter. I’ve assumed we’d need to supplement the pasture we have in ready supply with some sort of hog ration, but perhaps not since we have some small breweries and small to large dairy processors in our immediate vicinity.

    Thanks also for the stuff on your slaughterhouse. We’re exploring on farm slaughter since it seems like a great way to go on so many fronts – humane treatment for the animals, quality of the meat, another income at home… the holistic thing again…

    • We have raised groups of pigs just on the pasture. Pasture is not just grass – a common misconception. Our pastures are high in legumes such as alfalfa, clovers and a variety of other forages including kale and rape. We also grow turnips, beets and other things in the pastures an pumpkins, sunflowers and such in the winter paddocks. We get whey from a local cheese maker. See this page for more about our pig’s diet. Just on pasture they grow more slowly and are leaner than if they have some supplementary things to provide the limiting amino acid lysine and more calories. Explore your local resources and what you can grow. Pigs are an excellent traditional way to use what would otherwise be gleanings, excess and waste food materials. Remember that waste is just a verb.

  13. With the average blog lasting just under two years you should be mightly proud Walter. Not only to have kept your blog going but becaue it is actually one of the few USEFUL blogs out there.

  14. Melissa says:

    As I have only just discovered your blog in the last few weeks, I also want to say thank you for sharing your creative endeavors and innovative ideas. And that you have built your farm up slowly, one small step at a time. Reading this blog is both peaceful and enriching. The only blog on my favs list.

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