Sunday, January 31, 2010

Watching Grass Grow

After a series of rain storms, we wanted to see how the summer pastures are looking. Photos are from last Wednesday's beautifully sunny morning. The north pasture (the top four photos) of summer grasses is filling in nicely. Noticeably denser than the last time we walked through it. The south pasture (the next two photos) of vetch, mustard, and grasses also showed some growth. Although its ground was seeded later, we're hoping that the faster growing mix in the south pasture will be ready mid spring. With more wet weather forecasted for this week, and hopefully throughout February, chances are that we'll be able to rotate the herd into their new home at the end of March or early April.

The photos below are of black walnut groves that line the western boundary of our south pasture. The shaded cool ground in the groves are favorite resting areas for our pigs during summer.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Photos from the Weekend

These photos are from a sunny Saturday. Check out the pigs searching for acorns near the base of the giant oak tree.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Rainy Week

Storm clouds parted and we had sunshine in the valley for about an hour. Toward the eastern hills, rainbows came and went, and one appeared near our summer pasture. Rain or shine, the pigs were their usual selves exploring the ground and searching for a nutty snack.

The photos below are from Saturday

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pigs in Winter Pasture

It was time to herd the pigs onto another pasture, giving the previous ground time to recover. The pigs wasted little time before munching on grass and digging near the base of trees for walnuts and acorns from past fall.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Watching Grass Grow

The rain early this week and the sunshine past couple of days have helped grass grow in summer pastures. The ground is still months away from being ready, but it was good to see that the seeding took hold fairly. As the work completed in October was our second pass through the rough grounds, we're hoping for a denser stand of vegetation this summer. The days of rain forecasted for next week will certainly help, and with mild winter nights thus far, chances are we'll have lush ground of grass for the hogs come May.