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Pig Paddock Performed


The hogs making the decision to move to their new paddock

The hogs exploring their new paddock

Calf #3 for 2023, Devon bull calf

Shelley setting out to mow the 4 acres near the hogs


Clabber hanging to become quark

Colonel's Blog, Earthdate 16 Jan 2023...

Hey Y'all!!


Good morning and happy Monday! All is well on the farm this morning. I put quite a few pictures in this blog so you could have a look at what we accomplished yesterday. We moved the hogs into their new paddock. In standard fighter pilot fashion, we like to debrief everything. So, taking a look at the performance compared to the plan, I'd say we did rather well. We reordered a couple of the steps based on what made sense at the time, but we accomplished everything and the end result was the hogs in a new paddock and all religion remained intact! The top pic is the hogs at that moment when they decided to move from their existing paddock to the new one. There were a couple of laggards but not too bad. Pretty much everyone moved over within a minute or so of each other. The next pic is the hogs foraging through their new paddock. They were very happy with the new space. You probably notice I interchange 'pig' and 'hog.' From my research, the transition from pig to hog happens somewhere around 125-150 pounds. These guys are right at that mark with a couple definitely over 150 and a couple right about there. Generally speaking though, pig is an acceptable moniker for swine throughout their life. The next pic is of beef calf #3 for 2023. This one was born to the cow we have been watching, knowing that she was close. Both calf and cow are great. This particular momma is less enthusiastic about me interacting with her calf, so health check from afar for this one. We are about 90% sure it is a bull calf, we will keep watching to make certain. If so, we will castrate it and raise it as beef for sale in a couple of years. We're still waiting for Betty the Jersey to have her calf and from the looks of things this morning, it should be anytime now. The fourth pic is Shelley setting out to mow the 4 acres near the pig paddock. While she was mowing, I cleared a few hundred feet of fence line. I think it must be a generally accepted axiom of farming that: "All things that grow in a fence line must have thorns." Wow, we have some wild roses that grow over 10 feet tall and are thick and thorny! The bottom pic is clabber hanging in butter muslin draining on its way to becoming quark. The end result was 3 pounds of quark that was the consistency of a thick sour cream or maybe a room temperature cream cheese. All agreed that we love it! We also made a pound and a half of habanero flavored paneer to high acclaims for its spicy flavor and great texture. Today we will make things with milk and go to the dentist. Fun fun.


Local Farm Report for 15 Jan 2023:

Harvest:

29 Chicken eggs

9 Duck eggs

3 1/4 Gallons of milk

Sales:

2 Pounds of medium sausage

2 Pounds of bacon

Reservation for 25 meat chickens from first spring batch

Reservation for weekly chicken and duck eggs

Reservation for weekly gallon of milk

Farm Additions:

1 Beef bull calf


Cheers! Rich & Shelley

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