We have had a busy few days here on Pasture Prime Farm. We have been trying to get our animals ready for winter and figuring out where we will winter them. We usually choose our poorest pastures for them to winter in as we will feed hay there, and they will usually tear it up for us in the Spring so we can plant clover, alfalfa and grasses to better our pastures. We also have more pens of pigs than we ever have, so that meant Jason and the boys had shelters to build! We also have new babies on the ground. Peekaboo's group was born Thursday. They are looking healthy and are starting to get rambunctious!
Peekaboo had a litter of 10 this past Thursday! This is Nigel's second litter and we are so happy with them. This has been the most relaxed Peekaboo has ever been and the quietest and calm litter of piglets she has had. Not sure if it is Nigel or it being her fifth litter. Whatever it is they are doing well and adorable! Today we had to give them iron shots. Piglets do not get iron from their mama so you do have to give them a boost of it within three days of birth. They will be outside soon, but we choose to give them this boost just in case!
Oh Nigel! Nigel is such a funny boar! He makes us laugh all the time. First of all, he loves to be scratched, all you have to do is touch him and he is ready to go down for a belly rub! He is shameless! Second of all, he LOVES his ladies! Unfortunately they don't love him! He will drive them crazy and today he was put in with Wren and Gypsy for February litters, and that boy was chasing those poor girls all over the place. I will say what he lacks in finesse, he makes up for with enthusiasm!
Last, but not least, I finally rendered some leaf lard that has been in my freezer! Leaf lard is the fat around the kidneys and the groin area. It is what great pies and biscuits are made from! You do have to request it from your butcher to keep separate, so make a note of that. It was really easy. I have biscuits on my menu this week. Crossed fingers that they turn out as good as I think they will!
I am a mother/wife/farmer/ pig belly-scratcher/banker...a wearer of many hats. Put this all together, and there are going to be trials and tribulations and best of all jubilation's! Welcome to my page!