Blue Sky Marshland


Beautiful Day

We’ve been enjoying this splendid warm weather and sunny blue skies. Click in to see if you can spot Pika and wild child running through the marshlands.

This area used to be several large beaver ponds but something created a large damaged section in the dams – I’m guessing it was two-footers with explosives. Nasty creatures. The land heals and the beavers will rebuild.

Outdoors: 70°F/46°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/63°F

Daily Spark: There is a meme going around about how dangerous the pavement is for dogs, claiming it is too hot for them. Not universally true.

My dogs have very thick callous on their paws. The equivelant of about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick leather shoe sole which is no problem walking on hot pavement. They also move their feet, they’re not standing flat footed like the meme writers probably do. Why do the dogs have so much callous? Probably because they’re running around on rocks and sharp branches I suppose but all dogs I’ve had (>40) have had callous like that.

On top of that I’ve walked bare foot on hot pavement and concrete for near half a century. It really isn’t as bad as thin skinned individuals make it out to be. Time for everyone to have a thicker soul… (sp!)

I sometimes wonder if these memes are being propagated by people selling doggy booties. Anything to make a buck.

Segway: Today I found a red racer snake on the road warming itself up.

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7 Responses to Blue Sky Marshland

  1. Mike Strothotte says:

    If a dog lives in a house or apartment, in town, they are likely to have less callus on their feet, so they will be more prone to blisters.
    This happened to my stepdaughter’s dog. He had bad blisters on his feet that took some time to heal.

    • Yes, that was why I said, “Not universally true.”

      A lot of these memes are very misleading. My favorite corrective meme to this trend is one that shows the words “If it’s cold outside then they’re cold so bring them inside…” over the picture of a mountain lion sitting outside a kitchen door. In other words, many meme makers don’t understand what they’re saying or are applying things in too broad a manner.

  2. Ben says:

    Hi, Mr. Jeffries

    Just curious if you let your gilts get bred as soon as they come into heat? If so, do you ever have any gilts that have trouble farrowing because of being underdeveloped, or is that something that culling can take care of? Sorry if you’ve already covered this, I looked in your archives but couldn’t find this specific topic. Thanks for all the info you post. Good luck with your farm!

    • Originally I operated, two decades ago, on the premise that young gilts should not be allowed to breed because that was what I had read. But over the years I had some who did manage to get bred. They had fine litters and went on to become fine sows having many more fine litters. Mouse is an example and she is one of our top producing sows of all time.

      Typically, with gilts and boars mixed together to freely breed, a gilt has her first litter at twelve months of age. This means she ‘took’ which is to say got pregnant at about eight months of age. Occasionally a gilt takes as young as six months of age thus farrowing her first litter at ten months of age. No problems ever. Note that this is with farm breeds including Yorkshire, Berkshire, Large Black, Tamworth, Duroc and our own genetic lines Mainline, Blackieline and others all on a high pasture diet. I have read that there are some breeds that naturally breed far earlier.

      Note that kept together the pigs will have sex earlier, typically starting around three months initially without penetration. In fact, they’ll do that in a mixed sex herd or a single sex herd. I read one scientific paper that stated that boars who are raised without females do not make as good a breeding boar because they end up developing experience of aiming for the anus instead of the vulva.

      So, I wouldn’t worry about it. Let them be together and do their thing. If you just want to raise them with no chance of pregnancies then buy just one sex.

  3. Ryan says:

    “Click in to see if you can spot Pika and wild child running through the marshlands.”

    Hint, neither are running.

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