Yes, that is all that is in my head. Today, I am going to clean out Poppy’s bedroom and put in the clean pine shavings. Maybe spend some time on the piglet creep. She is bellying down, her first date is June 10 th or something like that.
This will be my last farrowing. I cannot work off-site and be breeding pigs at the same time. But mostly it is the anxiety and the climate changes so fast now from hot to cold I have to be ready for anything. I feel I am fighting rather than flowing.
Poppy and Sheila will continue to hang out as pets. Sheila needs someone to keep her warm in the winters. Manu has gone to his new harem. Molly has been sold. I feel sad that all the knowledge I strove for will no longer be used. Breaking up the family. But I can buy Manu’s piglets – he is just down the road with his new girls. So I will still raise a few plonkers each year.
There is so much I do instinctively when I am raising piglets, it cannot be taught. Too much is missed when I am not here. And that lack of observing time ultimately costs lives.
Plus every year I have a period of too many animals and that is no good in the warm constantly wet environment which will overnight turn into a hot dry climate then hurl itself into a frozen tundra. I am fighting to keep everything warm/cool and dry.
It is a good decision. Not all good decisions are easy. I feel comfortable with that – but still a bit sad.
Farming is all about adapting and changing. Doing the same thing every year does not work. Rotating crops has to happen for healthy soil. Moving animals often encourages good feeding habits. Changing ones systems to beat pathogens and bacteria’s from bedding down in the corners is logical. Resting areas gives nature tine to help out. Pasture raised anything is very hard in such inclement weather.
I will miss those tiny piglets though!!
But I am thinking about sheep again. Just a thought at this point.
Our whole lives seem to be a constant battle for tidiness and order when our natural environment constantly strives for clutter and chaos and overgrowth and filth. Just stop tending one corner of your yard or your room and watch it quickly revert to type. Just ask a spider.
Time to get up.
Ps yesterday it did not rain very much at all!