We are so excited (well the humans are!) to introduce our newest farm worker:
We welcomed Aster home on 7/4/20. She’s been a champ about farm life so far. Learning all about the animals, the routines, and generally getting into trouble! Swedish Vallhunds are known as the Little Viking Dog. They are an old herding breed used primarily on cattle.
Cattle?!? That little thing?!
Like the Corgi (some may see the resemblance, but they are not actually related), smaller herding dogs are often used on cattle so that if the cows kick out, they kick over the dog.
Vallhunds are a lot of dog in a little package. Pharaah is learning how to be a good big sister.
Poco is less than impressed…..
Aster will grow up to be about Poco’s size and we look forward to sharing all her adventures!
The wait is finally over! The piglets have arrived. Both Nora and Ophelia delivered within about 24 hours of each other. I was thinking I was going to have a couple days to recover from staying up with Ophelia, but Nora had other plans. She also decided she wanted to make a nest in a Holly bush!
Ophelia delivered 9 vigorous piglets: 5 gilts, 4 boars. All of her piglets are varying shades of cream to ginger:
As usual, she’s a wonderful sow and protective of her piglets. She doesn’t mind the humans being around but lets the dogs know when she’s had enough of their presence! Poco is a really good birthing partner however:
So back to Nora. Not to be outdone, Nora delivered 7 piglets late Friday (5/1) and into Saturday (5/2). She delivered 5 gilts and 2 boars! She had a harder time this year and we’d already made the decision that this was going to be her last litter. Nora is a wonderfully friendly KuneKune. A great representation of what the breed’s temperament should be. She has earned her breeding retirement. I am hoping one of the gilts can be retained here on the farm to continue her legacy.
We were finally able to coax her back to a more appropriate shelter with Ophelia:
Wondering about the blue dots? Well at 2am, when you need to make sure piglets make it through the night and everyone is the same color you come up with some crazy plans. So we put blue dots on Nora’s cream piglets! We will be marking them individually to be able to effetely watch them grow!
We do have quite the list this year of interested KuneKune buyers, however we always welcome inquiries. Our friends in the area also delivered a litter of 5 this week and are expecting at least one more litter!
I hope this finds you all well. Remember each day, take at least one breath that is just for you!
I thought it would be an interesting moment to sit and write a little about the farm and life. I am sure everyone is concerned about the pandemic that is Covid-19. This is certainly an unprecedented time in our lifetimes. It is also a time to take stock.
Once again, I remain grateful that I have been able to have the ability to live where I do, raise livestock, and have a garden. These opportunities have enriched our lives and keep us grounded (literally!) in challenging times. Animals need to be fed and cared for regardless of the world around us. Babies are being born – Life continues.
A few things have changed here on the farm for 2020. We’ve had 5 sheep lamb so far and we are hoping for up to 5 more in the coming weeks. We are thankful to be able to retain some ewe lambs from our old ram Thunder. All the remaining ewes were bred by our new Ram Monroe.
We are expecting two litters of KuneKune Piglets to be born at the end of April! Our sows Nora and Ophelia are both pros and we can’t wait to have some little piglets running around. We were so fortunate to be able to bring some new blood onto the farm by using a boar from our friends at Lonedove KuneKunes.
We (temporarily) have sold off our fold of Scottish Highland Cattle. We really enjoy having the cattle on the property and they are great for the overall regenerative agriculture push of our farm. They are also a lot more work! We may be bringing some on later this year or we may wait a year. As things go right now, so much is up in the air.
Thinking of adding some livestock to your life? Check out our sales page! Some lovely Romney Ewes, lamb shares/wholes, breeding animals (Babydoll Southdown and KuneKune), and meat pigs. Our lists are forming. Reach out if you would like to be put on the list! firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this time of forced slowing, please try to take a breath, choose to be kind, and reach out to those in need. Stay safe!
The snow is gone and things are trying to grow…plants, babies, and our ponds! We’ve traded snows for rains. We are fortunate to have enough rain to fill our ponds and make things a little soggy, we are not flooding like so many others.
We have 3 more Ewes to deliver lambs this year. While our crop of lambs is a bit smaller than we’d hoped the lambs on the ground are happy and bouncing.
Our 2019 piglets have all found new homes and will be headed to them in the next 3 weeks. We do still have 2 breeding quality gilts from 2018 available. These girls will be ready to breed in the fall for spring 2020 litters (new photos coming soon).
We hope the change of the seasons is treating everyone well! One of my favorite part of living on a farm is really seeing the small changes of each season. The changes in the colors of green, the cycle of a season in a plants life, and the change in light. All remind us of the passing of time and the constant state of change. Farm life is a busy and often hard life; but also a good one.
It’s been a busy and weather weird February and beginning of March! At the start of February we had a winters worth of snow fall in 2 days! 3.5 feet fell burying the farm and the animals!
Just prior to the worst of the snow – we had a surprise lambing – via c-section! One of our most seasoned ewe’s went into labor and was unable to progress. We took her to our veterinary who was able to perform a successful c-section.
Unfortunately, we did loose one of the twins, but the remaining lamb is thriving! We are supplementing with milk replacer as Thumbelina was not producing enough milk.
The last week of February and first week of March, our sows delivered their litters of piglets! When this was planned at the end of last year – we were thinking the time of year would be more ‘Spring’ like…oops!
We will begin the rest of our lambing season in the next two weeks – here’s hoping for some grass to be poking through!
If you are interested in pigs, piglet, and/or lambs – please reach out and get on our lists!
Significant herd reduction! We are going a different direction with livestock and will be selling off most of our small herd. Great opportunity to pick up some exposed females for potential calfs starting in June. All cattle are unregistered.
1 – small bull. This guys is a pretty sweet little guy coming 2 years old (March 15th 2017). He was purchased to service our cattle, but is NOT a full sized bull. Would be an awesome mini sire or companion or meat. Dark blond/light red in coloring. $1000
1 – exposed coming 3 year old (April 1st, 2016) cow. This cow delivered and raised a calf unaided last year. Exposed to a proven bull for earliest delivery ~June 4th, 2019. Deep red/brindle undertones. Possibly willing to sell with 2018 heifer calf. $1200 along, $1700 with heifer calf.
1 – exposed coming 2 year old heifer (April 12th, 2017). This heifer is a sister of the above cow. She is out of a cow that consistently delivers and raises her calfs without intervention. No breeding witnessed on her, but behavior and size indicate potential breeding. Deep red/brindle undertones. $1200
Our cattle are fully raised on pasture. We do not force wean. We utilize management intensive, multi-species grazing to keep parasite loads low.
Winter is upon us and in the Pacific Northwest (this year) that means days of cold rains, freezing overnight temperatures, and occasional snow on the farm. This makes chores a little more interesting some mornings as we slip-slid around our feeding rounds and have to make sure all animals have unfrozen water containers!
Winter also means more snuggling inside with good books and planning time for next year!
We were able to rent a bull to live cover our cows this year and are hopeful for two calfs arriving late May to early June. The girls are certainly eating as if for two!
Our Babydoll Southdown ram: Thunder, joined his girls after Halloween and promptly went to work! We are fortunate to be able to keep our entire flock of sheep together, even through lambing, with the exception of about 8 weeks from September to November. We have 10 ewes we are hoping are bred this year and hope for 12-20 lambs to be dropping in March!
Tabor, our wonderful KuneKune boar, was so heart broken to be away from his herd we finally let him back in with the group for breeding the end of October. We are hoping he bred both Ophelia and Nora for piglets arriving the end of February-beginning of March.
So, while we enjoy the slower pace of winter, the animals are busy doing their thing – grazing, sleeping, gestating (we hope!), and enjoying the cooler weather! These heritage breed animals are so resilient and the cooler weather never seems to phase them.
If you would like to reserve you place in line for live animals or meat, please reach out as we are starting waiting lists for it all!
Check out our Sales page of information on the current crop of piglets available.
We only sell 100% purebred, registered KuneKune piglets. While the breed in gaining in popularity, the ONLY way to make sure you have a true KuneKune is to buy registered animals. Registered animals are DNA tested to ensure parentage and permanently identified with a microchip. If temperament, grazing ability, easy keeping, and size are important to you make sure to do your research. These pigs make great land managers, companion animals, or meat animals.
Slower growing means easier on the land and the human managers! These pigs are ALWAYS worth the wait – no matter what their end purpose is.
Nora’s litter is 8 weeks old and ready to rumble! These piglets are sturdy, curious and feisty pigs!
Ophelia’s litter is about 10 days old and growing well! They are pig wrestling, trying to stay cool, and starting to explore more and more!
A limited number of breeding pairs will be available by purchasing piglets from Nora’s litter to combine with a piglet from Ophelia’s litter.
These piglets are 100% pasture raised. They are farrowed in a secure pen in the field and raised with the sow for the first few weeks and then integrated into the herd. Our pigs are used in our management intensive rotational grazing program along with cattle and sheep. They are around dogs and other animals from very early.
We are so happy to see one of our home bred pigs deliver her first litter of healthy babies! Ophelia delivered seven piglets this morning completely on her own. With our hot temperatures we’ve been worried about her, but with all our checking she decided to deliver in the cool part of the day. The quick initial count is 4 boys and 3 girls, 5 with double wattles, 1 without, 1 with one wattle. Mix of colors: 2 agouti (brown/white, white/brown), 1 solid ginger, 4 ginger and blacks/tri.
UPDATE: 4 females: 2 brown/white both double wattled, 1 ginger with light black spots no wattles, 1 ginger and black tri double wattled (asymmetrical); 3 males: 1 ginger with light black spots double wattled, 1 ginger and black double wattled , 1 ginger and black tri double wattled.
We tried to be quick with her new brood as she is being protective and aware. She’s doing great for a first timer and I don’t want to interrupt her desire to take care of the piglets!
We will be offering some of sale for breeding, meet, and companions.
With our previous litter of Nora’s we will now be able to offer a limited number of breeding pairs. Contact us for details!