gain By yesterday morning the sick pig was given an A- and by yesterday evening she was given an A+ and was back to shoving the others out of the way to get to her food. Her breathing is still a little laboured but her attitude will fix that. I think there were a number of factors in her immunity dropping, letting that illness take hold. Parasites being the one that pushed her over into pneumonia. The day before, we had been cleaning in the barn and I left the North door open to get some air flowing through, to hopefully dry out the barn after the snow, also during the clean up, I had taken away their free flow feed. Then the warmer air had once swapped out for a blowing cold Westerly. Their straw bed had got low. She may have been hungry and cold – once the shivering started, down she went.
Often I find this – that a collection of issues collide to pull at the foundation of health and either an animal gets sick or hurts herself.
Kind of like when you have a bit of a headache, carrying more bundles than usual and drop your keys, lose your balance catching them and that little curl in the outside mat causes you to trip. There is seldom one thing that causes the fall. Almost always one thing catches onto a couple of weak spots and down we go. Pigs and all.
Of course this theory means we have a better chance of avoiding disaster by being always aware of the big picture. And attending to the small details in the picture. Keeping our heads above our own inner discussions and using our metaphorical peripheral vision. Be wild. Keep watching. Like a wild bobcat. Head up, always wary. Watching for changes all the time. Let’s not lose our wildness.
Above is the remains of the silage bale. The cows like it and the pigs LOVE it. It is good stuff – I hope I can do one cut in silage next summer – we will see.
Lady Astor found the weak link in the Rat House fences yesterday and rode that corner down. She bent the fence right over and walked across it. Lucky for her it was only wire netting with no sharp edges that would have damaged her udder. Off she went slowly exploring the South side of the house. I was changing back into my farm clothes (after driving to another town to pick up the winter feed) when I saw her lazily wander past the bedroom window. God knows how long she had been out.
It was time for the milking so she was very easy to bring back in. She comes to a call for milking every day. I just call out her name and then: “Up to the Barn! Lady. Up to the Barn!” in a sing-song voice. Round she turns and trots with great intent and expectation following me back to the barn. Luckily Aunty and the calves did not trail her over the wire. Then we would have had a problem.
The gap is now fixed with a cattle panel.
She stood and stared at the repaired gap for quite a while after the fencing was finished. Bemused by the whole carry on. And wondering where her escape hatch had gone.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Sun! That will be nice.
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