Some weekends are more eventful!

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

Finding Love Machine a new breeding Farm

We are on the hunt for a new farm for our 3 year old, proven, Mahia Love (x Awakino) Boar – Love Machine!  He is really good at his job and takes it very seriously.  He is also kind with his ladies and loves human attention.  He has a great head with classic KuneKune features.  He will add some New Zealand style to your breeding program!  If you know of anyone looking for a great boar we are open to selling him or trading him. 

Winter weather is here with 17″ of SNOW!

I love the first snow of the year!  So quiet and peaceful; everyone slows down (at least for a little while!).  The whole town seems more like the quaint mountain town we are.  Even with the extra work needed on the farm, I still love the snow!  It is a time to allow ourselves to relax a little – at least after chores!

Thankfully for this storm we had some warning and we were able to get the pigs tucked into super insulated shelters!  The cows and sheep seem to mind less, but (as you will see below), we did move the sheep out from the trees and into an area with more traditional shelter.  We ended up with just shy of 17″ in this first storm with more due this week.  I hope you love the snap shots of the farm in winter!  

Hauling water out to the pigs and sheep!

Pig Train coming out of their straw insulated Pig-loo.

Checking out the fresh water, wondering where breakfast is!

Tabor – our little boar from Loreen Milbrath at East Island Farms!  He’s such a poser!!

These large trees also help shelter the pig lot – allowing an easy place for them to feed. 

Pharaah the farm dog having fun in the snow!

Love Machine and Panama are not so sure about all this stuff!

The Cattle enjoying their Organic Cabbage scraps from Oregon Brineworks!  Check this company out if you need amazing fermented foods or the best hot sauce around!

Poco helping lead the sheep to more sheltered pastures!

MORE fun for Pharaah!

Morning light!

Pig Swap!

We had so much fun meeting a fellow Kunekune breeder from Vashon Island Washington!  Loreen and I connected through the wonderful world of Facebook.  We each had a hankering for some new pigs and thankfully we were able to make a 2 for 2 trade!  So much fun!  So we each loaded up our pigs and met to do a swap!  The new kids are settling in well and after a short quarantine period are in with the females and our remaining 2016 piglets. Still looking to sell 2 more Ru x Jenny Boars! If you are interested, let me know!

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Loading up on our end  – Reginald and Josephine – off to live on Vashon Island.  One of the many benefits of smaller pigs – two 7 month piglets fit in a XL dog crate in the back of a Honda Fit!

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Introducing: Tabor – He is a super sweet and lovely deep ginger Boris (x Rebecca Gina) Boar.  We are so excited to see how he continues to grow and potential add genetic diversity to our herd.  Thank you Loreen for trusting us with this guy.

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Introducing: Ireland – a lovely compact, chestnut colored Rebecca Gina (x Boris) gilt.  At 3 months old she is just beautiful.  I think she will continue to develop well.  I was saddened a couple years ago when I sold a piglet that was very similar to her.  Now I have that piglet back in spades.  Ireland is a tough, sweet, gorgeous piglet!  While she does not have wattles – her confirmation is very nice and her color is to dye (pun intended) for! Thank you again Loreen for allowing us to add her to our program.

Fall Additions to the Farm

Fall is definitely upon us in the Pacific Northwest.  We would like to welcome our newest members to the farm:  Charlie, from Portland Oregon,  is a Ginger colored Rona Kunekune gilt who we are looking forward to breeding for a spring litter.  And Kennedy, from Oregon City, Oregon: who is a lovely deep blond Scottish Highland Cow who is expecting a calf late winter/early spring!

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Multi-species grazing

We love the fact that the temperaments of our animals allow for multiple combinations of grazing partners.  Below is a picture of the piglets being introduced to the cattle – we then integrated the group and had sheep, cattle and pigs grazing together.

Grazing different species allows for a more completely grazed pasture, improves land quality and acts as a natural parasite control.  We also appreciate the protection the cattle provide for the other species with them.

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