The last of the warm days is upon us. Though todays will be a cloudy warmth. After this we go down to more seasonal temperatures for the forseeable future (forseeable future being the 10 days of estimates the weather site gives us). Waking up to a 51F/10C morning full of birdsong, in February, is pretty rare. But I am not ungrateful.
Nor are the pigs. Above is Sheila laying out in the sun. Looking for all the world like a beached sea lion.
All the animals were taking in the sun.
The three little pigs are getting to a good size. With the small profit I made from last years sales I have invested in a set of scales.
It is really hard to eyeball the weight of a hog. I need them to be 200 pounds (90kg) for the chefs. So when the scales arrive I will weigh these three. In fact being able to weigh them frequently will help me with their feed. They are eating a lot of hay at the moment – keeping their guts healthy. Though their grain is soaked in water now that I have stopped milking. Their high proteins come from boiled eggs.
I don’t really want to put Tima on the scales – she is such a fattie. She is only fed hay, the rest she scavenges out of the fields.
She was watching me cleaning out the back pen, then got bored, lay down and turned herself into the animated version of a doorstop. Complete with snoring sound effects.
(I caught the snoring on my Instagram feed, if you want to scroll down and listen).
My new hay is here and I am well pleased. This is an alfalfa/grass blend and I am very happy with the quality. My cows only eat pastures either grazing or hay – total hay at this time of year – no grain at all, so we need good food for them. They were starting to lose condition on the grass hay that was in the last batch I bought from a grower I will never buy from again.
Now we are back to something decent for the cattle they will put that weight back on. My aim is to get them to 1000 pounds (450 kg) before I sell them. And it is even harder to judge the weight of a big beastie.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Wednesday 02/28 20% / 0 in
Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 59F/15C. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night 02/28 100% / 0.43 in
Rain. Low 41F/5C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
6:28 am 5:42 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 97% visible 4:21 pm 5:40 am