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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Old McDonald had a farm......

Today, we added the second of two pretty pink pigs (Large Whites) to the farm. We got the first one last week. The big draw back on these little sweeties is they are male...... Which means one day this week my honey and my boy will be castrating little piggies. They have never done this themselves before and I will be doing some serious praying!!
In the past we have kept our pigs in a pen and have fed them out before processing them.
We are excited to have this portion of pasture fenced in and our little piggies are now out rooting it all up. Our goal is to have everything we raise here and everything we eat, to be free range grass fed. Here are all of the reasons why: The Amazing Benefits of Grassfed Meat

And here's our little Ramsey. He is definitely becoming all male. I don't really like that part but I guess that's what you have to have if you want to breed sheep. UGH......

And here is the true Old McDonald had a farm or what we affectionately know it as, Mr. Ronnie's farm. We love it!!! We fenced in a pasture right behind the garden area and we now have the turkeys, pretty pink pigs, Phoebe (pot belly), and last but not least Ramsey our St. Croix ram living back there.

We don't intend on keeping them all together forever. We plan to put the pink pigs in their own pasture behind the barn in a few months. Most of the turkeys will be making it to the freezer in October/November. Ramsey will also get his own little pasture, as soon as we get the ewes in the Spring. However, having them all together right now really works, not to mention, it is so entertaining out there. You can see our Retriever/ Lab mix, Daisy, wishes she could join in on the fun. We have been giving them all of the rotting left overs of the garden. They are loving it. This evening they got some watermelon, pears, and muscadines. As soon as I get everything I want out of my garden, which is going to be real soon, I hope to put the little pigs on the garden spot for a couple of months. I want them to root up all of the weeds, to their little hearts content. I am hoping that will help out our weed problem, which has been TERRIBLE this year.


I plan on linking this post up to the Preparedness Challenge and the Barn Hop over at Homestead Revival, one of my all time favorite blogs.

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6 comments:

Patti said...

What a great idea to put your pigs in the garden to root up the weeds. I wish I had a couple around here. The battle of the weeds is awful and I feel like such a looser:)

Jamie said...

I miss my pot belly piglets,they are awesome to have and the best pets!!!!!!WE have thought so many times about raising more than just chickens but it seems that I just can't do it ,YET!!!!You have a beautiful farm.

Greg and Donna said...

I am reminding myself that coveting is a sin...but some days it get the upper hand. I Love your pictures and all your animals! Plus turkeys (I guess technically they aren't an animal but poultry!) Your new header is great! Very beautiful pictures!

Sheryl and Denny said...

Hi Trixi
Love your new header. Your farm sounds like ours, everything co-habitating together in harmony like nature intended. Our Ramsey is showing signs of his maleness also. He and Rosey are becoming cozy...Lol!! Our goals seem to be alike and we are wanting everthing we raise and brought to the table to be grassfed. We love our animals....

His bondservant said...

Just love all the pictures around your farm. Would love to see it in person some day! My children would have a blast with all those animals.

Blessings,
Jackie

mississippi artist said...

Merci' it looks like Old McDonalds farm around there. You almost have at least one of every animal! I can't beleive they are all getting along in there together. Maybe we should take a page from their book!