I love this time of year! Spring holds so much promise, and new life is springing up everywhere from green grass to crocuses and tulips to new baby farm critters!
I mentioned in my last post that we had an explosion of piglets on the farm. In the course of a week our three purebred Tamworth gilts had their first litters. Together Clover, Kasey, and Ruby gave birth to thirty-five piglets, and so far thirty survive. The new mamas are Hazel's offspring from last March.
These are our first piglets using a boar in lieu of AI (artificial insemination), and we're pretty happy with the results! Jim Bob has turned out to be a wonderful boar! Not only does he have a great personality, he apparently has excellent swimmers!
I know you must be wondering how we can even function with all the cuteness around. Believe me when I say it's hard not to spend all afternoon in the barn letting them nibble on our boots and pants.
Not only do we have new additions in the pig barn, but there is a new addition in the bovine barn!! Last month we acquired an 8 month old Jersey heifer named Liberty from a little homestead in Ohio much like our own. She's a cutie with her white-rimmed nose and those well-known Jersey eyes. She can be a pistol just like any adolescent cattle. Lilly is going to show her at the fair this fall and has already begun training her.
Not only do we have a new heifer in the barn, but we're expecting Irma to give birth at any moment. Last June she miraculously took on the very first AI attempt. If you all remember correctly, she was bred to a black Wagyu. She's officially due on Saturday, and all the signs are there. We're just waiting.....nervously.
The fun won't stop with Irma's baby. By the end of the April we should have baby bunnies and more piglets too! Oh, spring I love you!
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