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!
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!
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.
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!