Not pregnant today

Lady Astor and I go through this thing –  with me changing my mind every eighteen hours about her status as a pregnant Mum.  Today I don’t think she is pregnant. I mean: her udder did look like it was changing but now there is nothing filling up. Was I seeing something I wished to …

The learning Curve

Yesterday I mentioned that I was concerned that the piglets were not showing the usual amount of vigor. These ones were spending way too much time sleeping. They were way too quiet. valbjerke said to me had I given the piglets iron.  I sat back in my chair. No. I hadn’t. The only time I gave …

A magnolia year

The new calf is going to be called Roxanne but we will call her Roxie. She is so sprightly and fun. I think she will be a perfect Roxie.  Thank you so much for all the suggestions both in The Lounge and on the Insty. Yesterday the cow mothers were out getting a little green in …

Pictures of piglets

In the night, not last night but the night before, one new born piglet died (he was a big one too) and one of the peahens died. It was Mrs Flowers. It was a normal night – not even terribly cold. Strange. But there you are. On a farm with this many animals and birds …

The surprise nine

When I enter a barn that houses an expectant mother due to give birth I always pause at the doorway and listen. I stand for a while, adjusting to and sorting through all the sounds that determine who is where and what is going on over there. Yesterday morning I stood at the door, just …

The means or the end …

An interesting discussion at dinner: Me: The dinner itself is the reason I am farming. The farming is a means to an end – the end being good clean delicious nutritious food.  The good food and good dinners are the objective. The farming is the fuel. The farming is the means. Alex: Food is the fuel …

Knots Up

We did fencing yesterday. The middle sized pigs are pushing their fence  outwards as they race up and down chasing cars in a mad kiind of gaggle. My UPS man – who visits almost every farm and house in the area  -said he has never seen such hilarious pigs. They will knock each other sprawling to race the …

A Time to Bake

In the winter I seldom bake and almost never bake bread. If I bake it I have to eat it and you know how that goes.   But now it is spring and my workers are beginning to slowly filter in (more coming next week) so I have begun to wind up the baking routine. Here …

The rise and fall of pig coats

Molly is very uncomfortable. These last few days she does not lie down, standing or pacing about all day. At night she is sleeping but no nest making or sign of milk  yet. We go for a walk every day, it is too close to her confinement period to leave her outside but when we go …

So it begins

The first of the summer people has arrived. His name is Alex – he is from California and he is going to be great. I got his arrival date wrong so he is here a week ahead of my schedule and right on time for his. Already he is fully engaged. Last night we took …