Pregnant Pigs?

How do you know when your pig is pregnant?  Well, for a start she will not come into heat again. The signs of heat for the big Hereford Pigs are very obvious but for the Kunekune? Well  I cannot tell when Tima is IN heat let alone if she misses one.  But Tima is definitely showing more belly. And …

Butter made from clover

Amazing that an animal grazing on spring pasture can turn that grass and clover into glorious milk that I can share. Thank you Lady Astor for letting us milk you so I can let the milk chill and stand then skim the cream, then put the cream in the butter churn  and whip it into …

Screaming Mistress Wind

The day started off so nicely.  It was not warm  but the calm was nice. The animals woke up slowly.  But soon after breakfast Mistress Wind arrived – her black cape flapping – unpacked her bag of demon daughters and they let loose with a terrible wind that blew like hell itself for the whole day. …

A milking stanchion

AND so he built a milking stanchion. Because no self respecting body, except for the odd cow, wanted to be out in the gardens or the fields yesterday. The wind was horrible. Later in the morning the rain cleared out and back came Mistress Wind and she was in a Howler of a mood. Sending us all scuttling for cover. …

Rain

It rained almost all day yesterday. Lovely gentle warm rain. I came in from the evening chores soaked to the first layer and happy as a lark. The trees are blooming. Here are two of my favourites: Magnolia ‘Butterflies’  This is the most wonderful little tree. She  just bloomed yesterday, will not bloom for long, …

Up and Running

Yesterday we found a great home for Elsie and Beatrix Potter. The Dutch Belted Cow and calf. Their new owners are cow people with fields and a similar way of thinking to us. Their animals are raised in an old fashioned way on grass.   So I am confident that they will both get the …

… on a Friday

At last. A warm Friday night.  Cold cuts. A jug of wine. Fresh cheese. Fresh Labneh.  Chimi churri with kale from the green house.  Home made sour dough bread. And those good,  good friends – the kiwi builder, (back for a visit) Jake, The Matriarch. And thou. Bliss. That lovely ‘tired from a late night out …

Farmers Hands

Farmers hands do so much work. All the pigs got the DE treatment. Dust was everywhere. And because Tima’s hair is still growing back she looks like some kind of beacon out at sea. The Big Hereford Pigs are now pie bald. And my farmers hands are dried up and weird looking from the DE. …

Raw Milk

In the evening, just before the pigs dinner I let them out into the field for a run and a grass munch. There is not a lot of grass yet so there is still a danger of them rooting. So their grass break is not very long. But they eat the whole time.Pigs! Then they …

Kids and Kunes

This title is a little misleading.  I took the kids in to visit with the kunes but they studiously ignored each other.  There was no  Kids ‘And’  Kunes at all. The pigs were on one side and the goats on the other.  I am still working on the field. No sooner do I plug a hole up …