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Hog Training

Colonel’s Blog, Earthdate 22 September 2023…

Hey Y’all!

Good evening and happy Fast-Jet Friday!! The Fast Jet today is the Mighty-Mighty F-15E Strike Eagle flying low in Wales this week. It was a warm day following a rainy night. We’re so very grateful for the rain! The animals are all doing well on the farm. We delivered 4 ewes and a registered ram to a family today so they can start their own flock. Although it was quite the chore to get them loaded, we were very excited to help them get started. They have multiple 2-4 acre paddocks for the 5 of them to just roam, graze, and love life. We really couldn’t be happier. That said, we are minus 5 sheep. If you’ve listened to this week’s podcast, you know that we are making some changes to our sheep operation. We’re eager to give it a try and see if we can get better results. If you haven’t listened yet, I’ll leave a link below. At the very least, you’ve got to watch Shelley’s YouTube Short. It’s a clip from our podcast conversation and it has over 5k views in about 12 hours. That’s good although certainly not viral but the cool thing is that it has 32 comments and it's increasing! She has a brilliant idea for a military recruiting campaign that some folks love and some folks hate. The majority of our day was spent in loading and delivering the sheep but we did get the trailer set up at the hog loading pen.

We like to give the hogs a few days to get used to the trailer before we try to force them to load. We’ve done it both ways, where we bring the trailer down to their pen just before we load them and where we bring it down days in advance. When we gave them access to the trailer for multiple days, they get so used to it that they started destroying things, like ripping up the floor mat. When we bring it down just before loading, they are hesitant to get on it. We’re trying to figure out which way works best for us and this time we’re trying a shorter acclimation period hoping they will get used to it but not destroy it. This evening just before dark, we got everything set and opened the lane to give them access. 5 of them went and got on the trailer within about 60 seconds. We need 5 of them loaded…Sunday evening. GRRRRRR. If we had known it was going to be that easy, we would have just done it Sunday! Since we can’t leave them on the trailer for days, we just sighed and left. Hopefully it will be that easy to get them loaded on Sunday!

Dust'er Mud Podcast Episode 8:

YouTube Short:

Local Farm Report for 21 September 2023


19 Chicken eggs

3 Duck eggs

2 3/4 Gallons of milk


Psycho & Shelley

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