I cannot tell you how excited I am with the pig pastures. The growth is marvellous and since I placed both the SIX and the FOUR into their new pastures I have had to cut down on their grain, they are putting weight on that fast. And no-one wants a fat pig.
Here is Valerie filling up the cow’s water to show you how high the sunflowers are. The pigs chew them down and eat the lot, stalks and all. The whole thing is edible or it would not be in my field but I did not think they would eat the whole sunflower with such relish. I kind of thought they would ignore the stalks and the sunflowers would create a cool sea green canopy above them. Like little beach umbrellas for little pigs but not at the beach.
Nope. They are eating them.
The sunflowers are just beginning to flower too! It is a race against time.
In the back pig pasture, where no pigs dwell yet, there is a strange windy track through the foliage, way down low beneath the ceiling of sunflowers.
This picture does not show the track very well but it is there and well trampled – it seems to have been made by a wide animal – not the bastard mink, thank goodness. But a mystery never the less and much too close to the chook house. BooBoo and I will investigate further today. Very Carefully.
Soon more of the sunflowers will be flowering. Wonderful.
I have guests who are staying in the Airbnb and helping on the farm this weekend and yesterday they helped us throw up 121 bales of last years grass hay that I bought from my hay man. This saved hours of time. Today we can continue to work down the back making the ditch fence. It is so grand having so much help. One of them is a member of the Fellowship of the Farmy so it is doubly grand.
It must be so strange and exciting and maybe a little bemusing to read about the farm animals for years then suddenly get to meet them all.
Last night I got to sit on the porch at the end of the day which was such a treat.
I hope you have a lovely day.
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