The Vet Bet

If I were a betting man, the vet said, putting his head to one side then to the other studying Lady Astors belly and crinkly udder – I would say she was not pregnant.  She is wide enough, he said,  but that udder should be moving by now. He had an emergency to get to though …

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 …

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 …

The Farrowing Pen

When a sow stands up, or prepares to lay down, her piglets scatter to the walls or flatten themselves into corners so she does not lie on them or stand on them accidentally. Even a good sows is huge and lumbers about looking for food and watching out for danger.  They do not watch their …

Shots of tiny piglets

Because of the humidity and Molly’s (and my) distress at her slow recovery from the birth of eleven healthy piglets,  I opened the big barn door on the side of her farrowing pen and held my breath.  Usually I don’t let them all out until the piglets are a little older and the yard is …