Sows Migrating North

Sows Migrated North for Summer

Recently we moved about 40 bred sows from the south pastures to the north pastures. The south pasture they had been on was a winter paddock of about four acres which I’ll now plant with pumpkins, sunflowers, brassicas and other goodies for the pigs to eat in the late fall and winter.

The two sows in the picture are fairly early in their gestation, their pregnancy. Other sows in that group have been dropping piglets left and right starting a few days after they got to the north field.

Yesterday while I was working down by the butcher shop I heard piglet squeaks and went up into the north field to find another litter of eleven piglets. They must have been just finished being born minutes before I arrived with Remus.

Piglets from these litters will fill the June weaner piglet orders. This year by April we were already sold out until September for feeder and breeder piglets.

The pastures are starting to green up. The grasses in some areas are up to six inches now. These sows were also munching brush, maple, beech and poplar saplings. They’re bush hogging. The mixed brush and grass areas of these pastures are perfect pig habitat.

The weather is now warm, and has been for a while, although we had snow Monday. It was just light flurries all day with nothing accumulating.

Later this year these enormous herds of huge sows will migrate south again for the winter. Think of wildebeests running across our driveway.

Outdoors: 63°F/27°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

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1 Response to Sows Migrating North

  1. Zephyr Hill says:

    I love the image of sows migrating south for the winter!

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