Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Hereford Pig, Pigs, weather
We had some ridiculously warm weather in Vermont recently. Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s for about a week straight and there was plenty of sunshine to put us all in good spirits. Well, most of us enjoyed the weather – a few members of the farm found the warm air and sunshine a little oppressive. Our boar Hugo was so hot he could hardly get up to eat!
Filed under: Farm | Tags: cat, Consider Bardwell Farm, Interns, Pig House, Pigs
The births are really starting to pick up on the farm; more than 20 goats are overdue and could have their kids at any moment. With the little down-time we have left, we’re trying to check off as many things from our to-do list as possible. One of our major projects was to finish a new house for our pigs, and William the one-eyed pirate cat stopped by to make sure we did a satisfactory job.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Hereford Pig, Pasture, Pig House, Pigs, Snow, Vermont, West Pawlet
It’s been almost a month since we built the pig house, and with the exception of a couple wimpy little rains, we really haven’t felt the gratification of seeing the shelter shelter. But last night it finally happened! A full day of rain followed by several inches of snow last night. It took a lot of motivation to rouse the porks for a photoshoot. Grunty, groany, and indignant, they once again nailed me with one squinting eye.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Pasture, Pig House, Pigs, Vermont
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Grazing, Hereford Pig, Pasture, Pig House, Pigs, Vermont, West Pawlet
Alex built the Hereford pigs a chalet to hunker down in for the winter. They quickly christened it with a good scratch. Photos were taken within minutes of the chalet’s arrival in their pasture (note the muddy patches next to the door).
“The pig, like as not, will nail you with one squinting eye.” -Dirk Van Loon, Small Scale Pig Raising
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Farmall, Feeding, Goats, Grazing, Hay, Milk, Oberhasli, Pasture, Pigs, Vermont, West Pawlet
On the whiteboard in our milking parlor I have a list of things I want to blog about. The idea is that I will take some photos, go home after evening milking, and do a blog post. I am, however, very ineffective at achieving this! Enjoy some photos from blog posts never-to-be!
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Grazing, Pasture, Pigs, Vermont
These two pink piglets are the newest addition to the farm. They moved into the woodshed two weeks ago while we put up fencing for them in a rocky hilltop pasture. At long last we released them into the wilds only to have them escape their fencing hours later, causing a minor traffic jam. They enjoy napping in the buckthorn thicket, scrubbing against the telephone pole, and rooting about in the sod.