We had a new litter of heritage breed Tamworth piglets born this morning. They are going to be hand-raised by us, as the sow shows no maternal instinct towards caring for them, and when that happens, it is more often the case that she will go on to kill them. So, to ensure that they have a fair chance at a long productive life, we removed them from their surroundings, and brought them into the kitchen and have decided to embrace the notion of bottle feeding them six times a day for about a week, and then teaching them to eat from a saucer. If they are hearty enough to survive, we will know for sure in about ten days.
Congratulations to Springdale Farm’s Walt Whitcomb (of Belfast, Maine) for becoming the Commissioner of Ag for the State of Maine. He won’t remember this, but we drove up to their farm in 1986, visited and camped in the Whitcomb’s yard, and then bought and transported all of the stanchions from a business nearby for the barn that we were having constructed. We were lucky enough a few times in the 1980’s to have saved up enough money to purchase a fancy little Springdale Farm Jersey calf from the Spring calf sale that was held at UMass, hosted by the Massachusetts Jersey Cattle Club. Boy, those were great genetics that they had going up there!