Thursday, May 7, 2009

Finally the piglets are here!

Well spring has sprung here at the farm, and we are busier then ever. Plus Chuck is heading into finals next week. Last week while I was home with the kid 4 of the 5 cows decided to make a break for it. I think the smell and look of the nice green grass was just too much for them. Fortunately I was able to get them back in by myself only to have Athelas break out again. This is her enjoying the beautiful green grass- Ben is in the foreground he is such a farm dog.
On Monday the kid and I traveled to Kerkhoven to pick up some piglets. We purchased the piglets from our friends at Pastures A Plenty. We have been buying pork from them for at least two years and we LOVE it. If you like pork and care about how your meat was raised and processed, they offer lots of nitrate free options, I would highly recommend you find where you can get it- or they do have a monthly buying club that delivers to areas in and around the cities.
When we decided that we wanted to raise piglets we were thinking of 3 to 4, two for us and a couple extra to sell. Well when people heard we were going to have piglets we started getting orders- we ended up buying 12! I think all but one are spoken for, but we did not want to have an odd number so 12 it is. This fall and winter whenever Chuck bed the cows and sheep he would broadcast corn in the straw. The idea being that the corn would ferment and the pigs would root through the straw in search of the corn turning the bedding into wonderful compost. Somewhere along the line Chuck and I spoke with someone who told us that piglets that young wont root- but within minutes of being in the bedding they were doing a great jobs.Okay so for a farm tally let see we have 5 cows, 9 sheep (plus one ram that will be going home soon), 2 donkeys, 12 piglets, 3 ducks, 4 rabbits, one calf, 6 dogs, 4 cats, 50 hens that will be coming soon, and one kid! I think we need to stop for a bit!


MOMP said...

mmmmmm fresh pork chops

mom2ryanjakeandjaz said...

You forgot and a partridge in a pear tree!! :)