I finally have my herd exactly where I want them to farrow at times that make sense for us living here in Wisconsin. That obviously didn't matter to the "Fence Crusher." Peekaboo had an urge, and followed it right through two fences and two different strands of electric wire to take care of it! She ended up right in Nigel's neck of the woods! Now, Nigel is scared to death of the electric fence, so he wasn't going anywhere. No matter, Peekaboo was ready for adventure! Our poor woven wire, was crushed like a tin can. Needless to say, she will be farrowing in December! Remember when we said fertility is very important to us? Biting us! I was not the guilty party in "who forgot to plug in the fencer," I will let you draw your own conclusions!
This past month brought sadness to our farm, as we said good-bye to Spirit. We had been noticing for awhile that her piglets had cyst-type bumps on their back hocks. We had thought it was a trait passed on from our past boar, Bo. She had her second litter with Nigel and almost all of her piglets had these cysts. Our trusty vet-tech Jeri said it was a type of arthritis that affects piglets. Being pastured, and slow-grown our piglets have outgrown it. I don't believe that is the case with commercial hogs, it is crippling. We needed to cull that out of our herd. It was time for her to go. We will be watching Sasha's first litter very carefully as she is Spirit's daughter. Sasha was the only piglet in a litter of 12 that didn't have the cysts. Finger's crossed!
We weaned Wren's piglets yesterday, and they are beautiful! She did a great job as usual. The best part is everything we had for sale is sold! What a great feeling. Feels like progress for our wonderful Large Blacks!
Have a great week!