2016 SUCKED

The last year started out alright. Pigs were bred and had easy litters in January. Unfortunately all the piglets decided they wanted to live off Peppercorn and with 30+ piglets under her feet she’s couldn’t Lay down without crushing some. My worst year yet loosing 9 piglets to crushing! How depressing. 

I successfully AId Violet and she had a small but lovely litter of 5 show quality pigs. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any 4h kids wanting show pigs this year so they went to meat. How depressing.

Lambing started off fine but two late lambing ewes had complications and I lost their lambs. How depressing.

Milking quality and quantity went up. Much cleaner set up, sheep were very willing participants. My new customers developed a lactose allergy and couldn’t find new milk customers. How depressing. 

Then a few sheep got out and are out of some dirty/moldy buckets in a corner waiting to be washed. A few got very sick. I called in the vet and had a big bill. Blaze nearly died but I nursed her though. She lost her ability to stand, possibly having a stroke, and eventually had to put her down. How depressing.

Then some lambs started acting off. Beautiful 4 month old lambs with runny noses and fevers. I treated them for two weeks only for them to get worse eventually one died screaming in pain in my arms. The other died half an hour after visiting the vet and a large vet bill. How depressing.

Roy developed a terrible limp that one vet said was arthritis from the bb that was shot in his foot a year before. Treated him as they said without any improvement, took him to his regular doc who has been on vacation previously. She looked at the same x-rays and says, “he’s got a bone infection. You see this right here? The bone is inflamed.” Weeks of antibiotics and Roy was finally able to walk on four legs again. But seriously, how depressing!

One lamb was sent to a university for a necropsy any that contacted me that it appears a freak virus went through my flock and there was nothing I could do because antibiotics don’t kill viruses. How depressing! In the mean time I lost another lamb. The case turned out to be so rare I had a researcher come out and collect samples of the lambs who survived. Unfortunately i had to kill a minimum of 4 for a scientific sample and that meant I killed the last of Blazes lambs and her legacy. How depressing!

At this point in the great I lost my phone and all my pictures with it. How depressing.

Violet have birth for a second time only this time she has a breech. Her contractions weren’t happening. Most piglets had to be pulled, she had almost no milk, became fevered, she had to receive antibiotic shots after which she no longer trusted me and kept charging me eventually developing  a very bad attitude and even going far kill and start eating one of piglets when I startled her (I was attacked by yellow jackets and ran around failing and screaming to which he snapped and killed a beautiful boaring) How depressing! 

I think there is more but i don’t even remember at this point suffice to say this year SUCKED.

Vet bills vet bills vet bills. Death death death death death. I almost gave up this year. I stopped blogging because i was having ask much bag stuff Hakeem and I was depressed… But then I’ve got very supportive community of friends and customers. Thanks to them I keep on going. Thanks to them I know what i do is valued. 

I have issues facing me this year. I cut down my pig herd and had to buy a few more because my hundreds of dollars I spent in artificially inseminating my sows seems to have failed so I bought a boar and a pregnant sow. I’m not set up for this many sows. Fences need to get worked on again. I think I have more sheep than my property can handle at the moment. I’ve got alot to do. But I’ll keep trying. That’s what I have to do.

Happy New Year from me and my farm family. 

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3 thoughts on “2016 SUCKED

  1. Just another day on the farm

    I just can not bring myself to like this post.. but I do like you!
    I am so sorry, what a year.. I can see how that list would stretch anyone thin, pulled tight like a bow.. and all the more power to you for bending and not breaking!

    I have no words of wisdom to give you, other then I am proud of you.. and here is hoping that 2017 is a much better year for you..

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    1. erikamay85 Post author

      Thank you. I hope this year will be good enough I can start blogging again without fear people will think I’m doing something wrong or neglectful bringing this upon everyone. It’s funny because this year I spent more on preventative measures ( better feed, blood tests, ECT) and get I had the most loses. Sometimes farming is just that way. It’s a hard business wether you do animals or plants even with the best of intentions and the best care if can ask be give in a matter of seconds.

      I certainly understand more and more why operations move to more modern and mechanical in hopes of cutting out the most risks but even under the tightest biosecurity shit can happen! PDEV whipped out whole farrowing houses of 99.9% of piglets. Image the emotional toll for those workers knowing almost all their piglets were going to die a horrible death and there was no way to prevent it. I guess the virus was found still on a vet who had showered and sanitized twice still hitching a ride and active in his nasal cavity almost 24 hours later. No wonder it was spreading despite best efforts!

      Sorry, long reply. I wish you the best of 2017 for your and ask your farm family

      Reply
      1. Just another day on the farm

        Long answer is just fine and I hear you, I get so many requests to come visit the farm and I do my best to be polite about it, but I hold most people off and even when they do come, I have lines and rules.. no touching, no petting this or that.. no going in that building, I try very hard to keep bio-risks to a min both for my critters and my guests.. I don’t think the average person understands that this and that are normal healthy but carriers of x y or z

        I blame this image of “visit your farm first hand and see everything up close” No, first bio-safety, second, animal safety, third insurance, fourth.. hello, I am things to do lol

        but I do understand, I have had to cull my whole rabbit herd once, I had to cull my whole chicken flock once, it was a safety step and I hated it, but I still feel that it was the right thing to do.. I had bad year one time with the lambs, lost almost the whole years crop, did get the answer, it was a blood born issue being given by the little local bloodsuckers.. farming is rough! but I still feel it is worth it..

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