Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Watching Grass Grow

The leaves are coming in on the walnuts, oaks, and cottonwoods, which will provide needed shade during the hot summer months. We mowed our summer ground (top five photos) hoping to have back a stronger stand of grasses when we'll need them in July. It's looking good, and we even see some alfalfa, which we seeded the winter before last, filling the gaps between the recently cut grasses and mustards. Our spring ground (bottom five photos) is ready for the pigs. In the tallest patches, the thick stand of mustards, vetch, barley, and grasses reaches 2.5 feet. We're pretty happy with the result and look forward to searching for pigs in the tall vegetation.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Time

We had some wonderfully warm weather, and the pigs enjoyed their days taking naps on partially shaded ground. This pasture held up well during the wet winter months, and we're happy to see that there's still plenty of green left, but we'll be rotating the herd on to their spring grounds come April.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sows and Piglets

After about eight weeks, sows show signs of being tired and begin to wean. They're constantly moving about not so much to get anywhere but to keep from the swarming piglets, because hungry piglets are everywhere.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Field Peas

With another soggy week gone by and more wet days ahead, thought it's appropriate to post about another one of our dry-farmed grains. We seeded about 10 acres of field peas, and some of the pea plants are just starting to poke through the sea of winter vetch. Rich in protein and starch, we grind and mix the peas in with other organic grains for the hogs.