If you follow me on Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram (@gracelynndale on all platforms), you may have noticed that I’m loving sharing quick snippets about the farm as often as I can. I think I may be going through Ag in the Classroom withdrawals, so I’m taking every opportunity to continue spreading knowledge of agriculture to curious friends and family.
Since I recently bought myself a new camera, and I LOVE taking photos around the farm, I think it’s only fitting that I begin sharing “Sunday Snaps,” a weekly photo blog series highlighting what we’ve been doing around the farm.
Right now, we’re in the middle of farrowing season, which means we are taking the extra steps to ensure that each pig born on the farm gets off to a great start. We were a little upset to find that one of our sows only gave birth to a litter of 3 piglets last week, but another just had 9 yesterday and we are expecting two more litters in the next few days.
We process pigs shortly after they are born. Processing simply means we take some time to give any medicine or Iron shots they may need, castrate boars, ear notch, and create records on all of the piglets. Record keeping is so important when it comes to raising, selling, and showing pigs, so we get started right away. William processed our 11-day-old litter this morning, and since the videos I posted to my Snapchat story have already raised various questions from followers, I wanted to go into a little more depth about what exactly was going on.
As farmers, it is our job to take great care of all of our animals from the minute they are born. From providing food and shelter, to giving medicine when they need it, we have to commit to putting our animals first. Processing pigs and keeping accurate record books is just the first step in providing the best life possible for our pigs. Keep a lookout for more Sunday Snaps each week to see how we continue to care for our livestock and crops!
Questions about any of the photos you see in this post? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’d be happy to answer them.