A New Well House and Settling Into the Farrowing Facility

1wellhouse

Our new little well house in the pasture.

2watertrench

Digging a trench for the waterline from the well house to the new milking facility.

3wellhousefrog

A Gray Tree Frog in the well house. You can hear these frogs in the evenings as the weather warms. Learn more about this species here.

4berkshireduroccross

Berkshire/Duroc cross pigs on the new floor.

5crossbredgilts

Crossbred replacement gilts in the new hog house.

6sows

Sows on the new floor.

7farrowing

An inside view of the new farrowing and growing facility.

8castrate

Jordon and Brandon castrating young boars.

9branden

Brandon catching boar pigs to be castrated.

10meats

The future of Moojuice meats, more crossbred replacement gilts.

11teats

Brandon Bell counts the teats on young pigs to determine if they can be retained as sows in the future.

12notch

Jordon Criss notching the pigs ears as a way of permanently identifying them.

13scarlet

Jordon holding his little gilt “Scarlet.”

14teeth

Jordon removing the razor sharp ends of the pig’s needle teeth. This is to prevent damage to the mother’s udder and causes no harm to the piglets. Dalton in the background recording the pig’s identification number and other important information.

15dalton

Dalton inspecting a newborn pig.

16birdeye

Jordon taking a “bird’s eye view” of the farm.

17rudy

Rudy, our two-year old bull.

An update on cows

We know you folks like to see what our girls are up to, so here’s some pictures of our ladies and their calves living it up on the farm.

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Some of our girls enjoying alfalfa after milking.

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Elsie’s tiny boy Juan conversing with a barn cat.

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Sophie’s calf “Jojo” as she was found hiding out shortly after her arrival.

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EJ is due to have her calf in March.

Meet Liam

This is Liam. He was born last week at Cocoa’s former farm. When we went to get him on Wednesday we were able to say hi to Nate and to let him know how much we appreciate having Cocoa with us. He had taken his place as udder brother to Chuckie and Maud.

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Ursula and Chuck

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Ursula had her eagerly anticipated calf on June 18th. For all Shane’s sleepless watchful nights he came upon them in the pasture near the barn early in the morning less than a minute after the apparently uneventful birth. Ursula was very attentive and cleaning him thoroughly. He seemed vigorous and healthy initially. but did not stand to walk or nurse. After several hours Shane milked Ursula and bottle fed Chuck (as Shane named the new little guy) his mother’s colostrum. He was an eager sucker. Over the next several hours it became apparent that Chuck couldn’t get up or stand because the joints in 3 of his legs were stiff and didn’t straighten properly. Rain was forecast and appeared to be moving in, and it was obvious he needed to be in a protected place in the barn. A place where his mother who is used to the freedom of the pasture would be nervous and uncomfortable. So Chuck came into the barn and Ursula went easily to the pasture with the other cows. After speaking with our vet, we embarked on a program of physical therapy that included massage, stretching and getting him up to stand with his hooves as straight as possible. We’re happy to report that he has made remarkable progress and after learning to walk was reunited with his mother June 21. He still has some trouble getting up to stand, but once up is able to follow her around and nurse like a normal calf. We are continuing to help him up to follow after his mom, but must be constantly vigilant that he doesn’t fall or sit down where he shouldn’t.