The farm has been full of general routine and new adventures over the past month.
This batch of pigs have been a little different than our previous batch. They are the Berkshire/ Duroc mix with a Hereford. The larger size and white face is showing up predominantly in this current batch of pigs from the Hereford line. The pigs are not scheduled to the butcher until late February but they are already pretty large. I am curious on the final weight when they head to Taylor Meats.
The other updates around the pigs is the upgrade of a hog feeder and the shelter. It has been a game changer to no longer manually carry two 5 gallon pails of feed every day. Plus, the goats will try to trip you up as you are walking with two pails to get some food so it is almost like a obstacle course. . . or you have to sneak in the back yard before the goats hear or see you. Let’s just say some days they win and some days you win.
One of the biggest differences between my flock of chickens and Jemima is how they handle the snow. Jemima is enjoying her own little barn spa and when it snows she’s one of the first ones out of the barn to go exploring. Whereas the chickens all stand at the door way and refuse to walk on the snow and get their feet cold.
It was Christmas for the Goats this last month. I arrived home from work one day with four large spools to upgrade my goat playground from my cousins. Above is the finished product. This summer I plan on painting it.
We took a long weekend here in December to visit both of our parents in Arizona. On the trip it was fun to see the landscape, enjoy the warm weather, and even enjoy a little surprise at the grocery store with these mini milk containers.
We are also welcoming some new additions to the farm. We are settling in a couple of sheep. Vanilla Bean is checking this out and I am curious to see who will be the alpha around the barn. One of the sheep is as bossy as Vanilla Bean.