I am often amazed by the power of a small word or gesture. The tiniest pat and smallest gentle correction can literally make a world of difference to a persons future. A small word as you open the door, a smile as you close it. We are powerful. All of us. We must be careful with that power. Gentle with it.
It is the same with animals. When working with animals we train ourselves to watch for the smallest sounds and movements. We are all-powerful. We must be very careful with our decisions. Lady Astor is locked up on the concrete – now that the ground is so wet and poggy, she just gets her udder so dirty, but this small change has resulted in way less milk than I would normally get on a diet of fresh pasture.
Presently I am watching Poppy to make sure she is on course for a healthy delivery. It is true that I don’t know as much as I should about farrowing pigs, only having had one sow before Poppy and that was Charlotte and she gave birth with no trouble at all – the trouble came later. So I am being careful, one overlooked error could result in a dead piglet, everything is very high value for her now.
I mentioned to the lady at the little feed store I frequent that I had had trouble with AI (Artificial Insemination) with Poppy being so expensive and yesterday a local farmer called and said she had a lovely young Hereford Boar for sale, she had heard that I might be interested in buying one. He is 5 months old with Good Hips! We have room across the way so I am thinking seriously about taking him. The price is right. Just a small comment and we may have saved ourselves a lot of money and gained more control over the breeding. Herefords are becoming a popular pig.
The turkeys are entering that messy toddler stage. Still very sweet and slow growing. They are dear wee things. I am changing nothing in their enclosure they are doing very well.
The sunflowers are growing at an extraordinary rate. They are already taller than me and beginning to form flowers. The sweetcorn that is planted in rows behind it is doing very well in some areas but being knocked badly by the excess water in other areas but are already tasseling. I am pretty excited about these crops. Most of this is feed for the animals. I am very grateful that these rows are draining well. Some farmers have had their crops underwater for weeks around here… it is a disaster. And still raining. The other day the creek water was just below the bridge – perilously high.
The tank chicken tractor has been moved back into the garden so a group of chickens can start their garden housekeeping. This is an excellent way of improving the fertility of a resting section of garden. The enclosure with its chooks is left on a piece of ground for a few weeks and they clear it and fertilise it wonderfully before being moved to another section.
Right – out to work for me! It has been raining again so coats and gumboots rule. The peachicks will be delivered to their new home today. Jake is coming with me as navigator. At least with the chicks I do not have to hitch up the trailer to my imaginary truck, they will be travelling in a cardboard box in the back of the cooking oil car! Or a boat.
Life is good – busy and good.
I hope you all have a lovely day.
Love your friend on the farm,