Baby Piglets.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2010 at 3:19 am

Yeah, it really is just after ten p.m. and we are all awake, monitoring Ruby Red birthing baby piglets. 

She is a Tamworth sow; this is her second farrowing.  This is our first. I find it almost impossible to believe that this is the first time since 1941 that our family has birthed piglets on this farm.  Also the first time that a uncastrated male pig (a boar) has lived on the farm, again since 1941.  Prior to ’41, I am sure that it happened, but I have no documentation to confirm or deny the hypothesis.

Anyways, I am very excited for Ruby’s good fortune and beautiful piglets.  They are red bodied 100% Tamworth piglets about the size of a large hamster, stggering around the pen with their ears still plastered back tight to their bodies. To be clear, that was when I saw the first two born, and they were no more than ten minutes old.  I assume that the ears will pull away from their neck and body, and they will look more “piggy” after they eat a proper meal. 

After I drag the boys to school tomorrow morning, I will post some ‘baby pictures.’ History in the making.

  1. I am glad you are happy with the pigs we sold you. Ruby is a great mom and you will love her. Her piglets will grow fast and their ears will correct. Her babies will be beautiful with long bodies. They are great bacon pigs.

  2. We certainly are pleased with our Vermont pigs. For a Tamworth sow, ten piglets, farrowed naturally, is impressive. I can’t wait until Olive farrows her litter — Berkshires are supposed to be excellent pigs as well! We expect Berkshire-Tamworth piglets in very late March, 2010.

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