Yesterday we planted out 100 cabbages in the cows garden. (There are 100 more in the glasshouse and 100 more to sow). Today fifty pepper plants of different varieties will follow – the peppers are not for the cows, they are for the Farmers Market market.
Roxanne is having trouble adjusting to the high protein pasture diet and has ended up with a runny bottom, (not unusual for Herefords) so she is in the concrete yards on dry food for a few days. The vet is coming to visit today so he will be looking at her horns. Plus look at Lady A (if he has time) and hopefully tell us if she really is pregnant or just in need of a brassiere. I will keep you informed.
This is Molly watching her babies. Above is from her side. The farrowing pen side. Below is from the Point of View of the piglets as they sleep in their creep. You can see the top of their light if you look to the left of the above shot.
Molly lies there for ages – just watching her babies and sharing a little warmth from the light. Every time she gets up she hits her forehead on the bar above her head. The bar keeps her from blocking the piglet entrance but the bar is a new addition to the farrowing pen and she cannot remember it is there.
The piglets were visited by the Pig Lady yesterday (castration day – we had five little boars) and she pronounced them all Little Porkers. They are mucking around with their solid food and drinking water. They really are putting on weight now which is just as well as Poppy looks like being bred and her first farrowing date is May 4th. I will need to wean these babies in ten days, move Molly down the back then bring Poppy in to the farrowing pen.
Molly giving birth a few weeks later than expected put the spanner in the works.
Last time I weaned her last brood at three weeks and they did very well. These ones will get three and a half weeks of mothers milk.
Having said that i will keep watch on Poppy – she may not be as close as I think.
It is 66F/18C as I write and windy.
I hope to cut hay in early May, so I am watching the weather hard looking for a week of sunshine.
I hope you have a lovely day.
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