Monthly Archives: May 2014

Its A Bit More Calm

I had 3 pigs dispatched yesterday. Digger and Ditch were finally weight, though hitting 250 at 7 months is not very good growth in my opinion.

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One last group photo

Dot almost made it out alive again. I had 2 1/2 portions of pigs sold, 1/2 being mine. I wasn’t going to slaughter someone I didn’t have a buyer for. I was almost going to go without my portion and just let Dottie go again..And I would have if she didn’t throw such poor piglets and have so many non-functioning nipples.

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The kind of goofy face that grows on ya. Come to think of it she looks alot like her dad.

Alas for poor Dot my mother swooped in last minuted and said she would take all of her as it would make nice gifts to give.

I don’t have any guns of my own so I had to hire the kill out. Before he got there I gave them a little beer. Ditch got really aggressive and demanded MORE. “I WANT MORE OF THIS STUFF! I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL MY LIFE FOR THIS. GIVE ME MORE! WHERE ARE YOU HIDING IT?!!!” I guess she was a closet alchoholic.

 

 

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Beer! GIVE ME MORE BEER!

 

When the fellow came I gave them all a bit of milk and he shot Dot and  bled her without the other two noticing much. Ditch went next. Dead instantly. Awesome. Then Rosie got wind and started protesting from her paddock so I went and calmed her down and gave her some milk. I guess the last pig wasn’t afraid like usually happens in large kill houses. He was wary, but wasn’t freaking out. The slaughter guy said Digger kinda stared him down and challenged him. Well, don’t challenge a guy with a gun.

It really was a lovely day to go, and it was so calm and quick. It seemed the only one that was any the wiser was Rosie, of course! Well, and the ram. He positioned himself in the field so he could watch, too.

 

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That there is some stink-eye if I ever saw it.

I made use of more of my beasties than I have before. I cleaned a stomach for a customers enjoyment. Much to my surprise it was completely loaded with well chewed grass. Like, 5 lbs grass. I cleaned some ears and trotters, took the testicles for the dogs enjoyment. Hopefully I’ll get to using all of them next time.

Looking at their innards they were very healthy. The fellow was impressed with their health and low worm load: for being on pasture where worms are almost impossible to get rid of once introduced he said they were really in excellent shape. Dot had a nice layer of fat, but not too thick. The boar was the leanest of them all, but I think in better shape than last years boars.

It was also nice to get compliments on my farm from someone who visits them frequently. He appreciated my set up with the hogs outside in good light, had them close to the gate for easy access. Apparently he’s had some adventures at farms less put-together than mine.

Once again, it was a very positive experience and I’ve been able to provide humanely raised and slaughtered, healthy, pastured pork for 5 differently families. Pretty cool.

I got to try something new, too: bbq pigs feet!

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Goodbye, Guys!

No, don’t worry. I’m not leaving (although I am having computer trouble so im not posting as much). Its just I went from this:

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To this:

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Just a handful of piglets left. I’ve got a breeding trio saved for some folks who may or may not come through. If they do, money! if they don’t then I’ll save the nice gilt and breed her next winter…im kinda hoping they don’t come through.

What is more is next week I’ll have 3 large hogs slaughtered. As it stands my farm have brought in more than twice as much as needed to be a “farm” in the eyes of the tax man in the last two weeks and am looking at bringing in a few grand by the end of the year. Very exciting! Maybe this venture is going to produce enough I can invest some serious money in infastructure? I still have another couple hogs to raise and sell, then lambs to sell. If I do slaughter them I’ll shear them before slaughter hopefully soon enough i can get a nice shearling fleece out of them. They all have great fleeces. All in all animals are paying for their feed, at the very least.

I still don’t know what to do with Leche, but thats a story for another time.

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Leche the Evil Genius

It seems Leche is smarter than the average pig.Of course, if she was to survive with such a weak body her mind needs to be strong.

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It should be no surprise as she figured out how to get out of the fence, around the barn and into the milking area by herself. She learned to buddy up to humans, learned to come running when I called her name, welcomed herself to my lap as I worked in the barn, and recently learned to drink squirts of milk from the sheep. Shes pretty cute and its hard not to give into her begging.

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Ah, but all her sweetness and cuteness is a ruse.

 

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I weaned the other piglets this weekend. She was in the first batch of piglets I got into the weaning stall. I went to run errands and by the time I came home she was outside the barn bouncing around, I ran into the barn worried 4 I caught were free: everyone else was still locked up. Little Houdini figured her way out of the pen. I still had many more piglets to bring from the pasture, into the barn then into the weaning stall. Leche helped me lure a couple at a time into the barn so I could grab them and throw them in the pen. I had a friend stop by in the process and she agreed: Leche was taking great pleasure in helping me enact revenge on her siblings that kicked her off the teat. She danced infront of the pen as they tried to chew their way to freedom showing off that SHE was free while they were locked up.

The last couple pigs were less trusting of me and the barn. While the first several went in without a peep, it became increasingly harder to get the unsuspecting pigs locked up. Finally I was to the piglets who did not trust humans yet. I tried to encourage them into the barn and Leche ran in and out saying, “common in, guys! Its great in here! mmm!! theres food in this bucket right here!” Two were moving towards the barn, but didn’t believe us to they tried to make a break for it. I grabbed one by its foot as it tried to run past me and I had to carry it screaming into the barn. Evil Leche’s heart teetered on the edge of guilt and joy, in the end she continued to take increasing joy in taking the remaining piglets out of the pasture into the pen.

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One remained at night fall, Leche ran to the pen, back to me, back to the pen signaling her readiness in removing the straggler from the pasture. Yes, Evil Leche enjoyed working as my henchman. The next day she walked out from under the front gate (being tiny still) to help me move the sheep pen then attempted to herd them. I can see where this is going.

 

Today she is a sweet little thing, tommorrow she’ll be challenging me in a farm scrap built machine and we will have to do battle.

 

Until then, i’ll enjoy her antics.

I’ve Been Tired

I’ve been tired lately. Exhaustion to the point my mother thought I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. When I’m stressed and busy I start to skip meals because, well, it takes time too cook and im too cheap to eat out and eating out makes me feel gross anyway but I don’t have time for a meal sooooooo….I’m just going to go nibble on some homeade kimchi then go to bed instead. I’ll eat breakfast. Then breakfast comes and I’m too busy with chores and start running late to work so, darn, I’ll eat lunch. But I didn’t take time to make a lunch so….I guess I’ll just drink lots of coffee and buy the cheapest moderately healthy thing on the fast food menu because I’m going to cook a good dinner. I swear. Then I get home, do chores and am too tired to cook.

Rinse. Repeat.

Mix it in with 2 hours of chores, 1 hour 15 minute total commute, 7-8 hours at work and pretty soon im doing 14 hour days and no real days off on the weekend. Oh, and I was doing overtime for a few weeks, too.

 

I lost weight. got tired. wore myself out.

I’ve neglected a few things such as my blog. and, well, my farm. I haven’t done any BIG projects. Just the little stuff that needed done and tried to rest. Thankfully i’m starting to feel like me again. hopefully I’ll start updating my blog more. But in case you were wondering, thats where I’ve been!