Slowly but steadily, I am getting all the pigs into their Pig Pastures with all the good green feed. The two big Pig Pastures are being allowed to grow a bit longer. There are some areas where the sunflowers are very thick and I have a feeling they are shading out all the undergrowth where the peas and beans and oats, etc are growing.
The four Uglies have an electric fence between them and the wide open fields – I have never had a break out from this little field with its long row of pine trees but there is always a first time so I am watching them closely.
They cleaned up their little patch in record time – stripping the lambs quarters down to sticks. So I have closed that little garden and now they are in the Pine Tree garden.
It is bigger and heaving with iron rich weeds – it is shady so the sunflowers did not strike as well in here. Which might have been a good thing.
Today I will fill the wallow in this field as we are expecting very high temperatures today.
I love seeing the pigs deep in vegetation.
Below is one of Poppy’s Six in their new side garden.
When I sow the pig pastures next year I will add more lambs quarters seed and maybe less sunflower seeds. Though the sunflowers have a few more weeks to go before I see them at their best. I am hoping to leave them until they are seeding so the pigs can eat the seed heads. So we will see – but I have a feeling there are too many.
The heat is here. I led Del’s mob up to the shaded concrete pad for the hottest part of the day yesterday. Then put them back in their field for the night time. This field has all the feed but no shade so we will continue with this pattern for the next few days. If I leave the gates open for them to take themselves back and forth they will eat their way through the fields I have shut so the pasture can regrow. Cows much prefer the young new growth. And I much prefer that the pastures gain some length before the feed is gobbled up.
Today I will begin to divide up the new field across on the west side.
Me, my weed eater and my fencing materials are busy!
But I must get the work done before the day gets too hot. So I had better get off to work.
I have a new woofer coming tomorrow for two weeks. She is my only other helper this summer. Without milking or the big garden, I am nowhere near as busy.
I hope you have a lovely day
Saturday 20% Precip. / 0 in
Mainly sunny. Hot and humid. High near 95F/ 35C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
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A clear sky. Warm and humid. Low 73F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.