Spring is here! (Maybe…)

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.

Our pond has turned into an infinity pool.

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.

Achilles (aka Lambikins) one of the c-section twins getting his bottle by a good friend.
Aren’t I cute?
Newest twins: girl on the left, boy on the right.

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 start the pigs in the vineyard early!

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.

Babies!

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!

Nora wondering about the sudden change in weather.

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.

Thumbelina and the first lamb via 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.

Achilles (aka: Lambikins) killin’ another bottle!

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!

The magnificent 8. We did struggle with some piglet loss due to weather, but these 8 vigorous piglets are nursing of two sows!

We will begin the rest of our lambing season in the next two weeks – here’s hoping for some grass to be poking through!

Ready for lambing?

If you are interested in pigs, piglet, and/or lambs – please reach out and get on our lists!

Highland Cattle Herd Reduction:

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.

On offer:
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

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!

Poco Says: do we have to go outside? 

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!

Some of our fall colors this year!

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!  

A few of the girls we are hoping for lambs from. 

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.  

Tabor (foreground) enjoying a pumpkin and Nora (background). 

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.  

Happy Holidays!!

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!

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!

img_3716

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!

img_3734

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.

img_3755

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.