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!
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! email@example.com.
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!
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!
It’s been a busy two months since the last update! The lambs are all doing amazingly well and are growing well on the lush grass! Our milder winter, early warm weather, and then moderating temperatures over the last few weeks have led to thick, nutritious pastures. Hard to tell the lambs from the adults! This years crop of meat lambs are going to be big, lean, and ready in the fall! Reserve your share today!
Unfortunately, farming isn’t all happy news. Bossy our herd lead, lost her calf. There were no apparent deformities, but he was premature and unable to survive. She’s a great cow and we are hopeful she will breed back this year. (Bossy, mugging for the camera in the winter of 2017).
Bossy’s daughter – Heffa (out of our former bull – Arturo) – did successfully calf a little heifer of her own. She did what our Highlands have always done, found a secluded spot and delivered in the bushes. Fiona, had a little bit of a difficult time figuring out life at first, but Heffa was patient and the pair are doing well. As hoped Heffa has her dam’s mothering instincts!
Believe it or not – there is a baby cow in all that grass!
Last, but certainly not least on the baby front: PIGLETS! Sweet Nora delivered 6 healthy KuneKune piglets on June 7th. 4 boars, 2 gilts – all are double wattled and cute as can be. They will be DNA’d in ~3 weeks. Expected parentage: Nora (wilsons gina) x Tabor (boris).
After our VERY long and snowy winter last year, we held off all breedings to plan for late March – May babies! We are very happy to say that the lambing this year has been great and so far we have 5 lovely little Babydoll Southdown lambs romping around the property! All the Ewe’s and their babies are doing great! We are now into a rainy period and it doesn’t seem to phase these healthy critters.
Next up is our lovely KuneKune sow Panama who is due in the next week or so with our first 2018 litter of piglets. She’s always a solid mom and was bred to Chester, a goofy fun smaller sized boar. Panama’s daughter, Ophelia, is hopefully recently bred for a June litter – also to Chester. And we are hoping Nora may also be pregnant.
Finally, the cattle – We know that we have at least one calf on the way and potentially two – due anytime in the next 4-6 weeks. It will be a fun time in the next month! Grass is growing, rotational grazing has started and soon it will be time to put the gardens in.
As a light dusting of snow falls outside, we are forced indoors to work on planning! As a result we have been able to start our 2018 animal request spreadsheets! Doesn’t that sound like fun!!
If you have been looking to add Babydoll Sheep, KuneKune Pigs, or Scottish Highland cattle to your life, let me know. We anticipate lambing to start in mid to late March, piglets should start early April, and calves will drop April or May.
We will also start meat share lists for lamb, pork, and potentially beef. What is available depends on animals being retained or sold for breeding. If you prefer to raise your own meat, we can accommodate that as well.
Feel free to reach out with which list(s) you’d like be on and any questions you may have! As always thank you for your support of us and all small farmers!
I am not sure where the rest of the fall went after August, but here we are in Winter and 2018! Our lovely Scottish Highland bull Arturo, did find a lovely new pasture to make beautiful babies! We trust he is doing well in Yakima, Washington. The farm is doing well this winter and the animals are enjoying not being in 3 feet of snow! We did get one storm come through, but only produced about 6 inches of lovely light, fluffy snow!
We also added a few more pigs to our mix – a breeding pair Nora and Chester; acquired a new breeding ram for our sheep and reduced the number of ewes this year; We also gained a foster cat – Muffles (shown checking out Nora below and snuggling with his buddy Poco)! Whew!
Ophelia (Jenny x Mahia Love) – born in 2017, will be growing up at Balanced Earth Farm for potential breeding 2018 or 2019!
Finally, we also had a hen decide that October was the perfect time to hatch out that clutch of chicks she’d been wanting all year! On the night of a predicted 4″ of rain – she came out with her babies, proud as can be!
Life is always an adventure here and sometimes we are too tired to post, but please always feel free to email us! Looking to get on prospective lamb, pork, beef, piglet or live lamb lists – drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We have decided to sell our 4 year old brindle bull. He is unregistered, but from a breeder that breeds registered cattle. My understanding is that he is Unable to be registered. He has sired several calves for us and has done live cover services locally. He is relatively calm and gentle, loads and trailers pretty easily, although we do not work with the cattle to be halter broken. We have decided to keep two of his lovely heifer calves and do not run a large enough operation to have multiple folds. We are asking $1400.
We had a slightly unanticipated busy weekend here at Balanced Earth Farm!
With less than 24 hours notice, we received word that our amazing (74 y.o) sheep shearer would be arriving on Saturday. We feel so luck to have such an amazing person shear for us, we drop everything to make it happen and we help our other local sheep friends get their sheep ready to! Shearing day is definitely a community.
Before…getting difficult to see!
After – Whoa – look at all the green grass I get to eat!
Then….early this Morning our always stead and stellar sow Panama delivered 4 live piglets! All double wattled. KuneKune babies are the cutest!
Born where Panama chose in a shed with straw. All nursing and doing well. All without us intervening! This is why we love this breed.
From Top to Bottom: 1) Ginger and Black Boar 2) Ginger gilt with with cream belly 3) Ginger and Black gilt 4) Cream Gilt