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.