This is where we want our cake, and we want to eat it too. Not only do we want our animals to meet this breed standard, we also want them to be productive animals. We continually strive to push them. Why not? They are an extremely hardy animal. We found that out, when our animals survived and thrived in one of the harshest winters on record. We know what we want, we know our goal for our animals, now we get to work and we demand it of them. Does this mean we have top-performing animals? Absolutely not. We have some that will be culled, and soon. These animals have to earn their spot on this farm. In return, they will get belly-rubs, fed, fresh water, and a warm place to sleep at night.
Our sow Wren epitomizes what it is we are striving for. We have goals for Nigel, Dexter, and our non-registered stock as well. What our sow Wren is accomplishing for us right now, has us filled to the brim with pride and gratitude. Finally, this is what we are striving for. Last night she delivered 10 babies. A great sized litter, she didn't jump up and down after each one was born. She was quiet and focused and was done giving birth in less than three hours! She talked to them, she lifted her back leg gently after each one was born, so it could get to the teats. This is her third litter and out of those 27 piglets, she has lost one. Her babies gain quickly as well. We anticipate her feeders to finish at least two months faster than piglets from the other sows. Great mother, great instinct, great milk, great growth. Wren has blown our goals for her out of the water!
This has been on my mind a lot lately. Especially after reading certain comments on social media. I feel we are missing the point to raising an rare breed. They can look pretty, and be productive too! I realize, this may not be of popular opinion...but as you see on the bumper sticker above...Jason and I are "HERD QUITTERS!"
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!