Saturday, March 30, 2013
Our sows have had a difficult spring farrowing. I believe there is some virus effecting the herd and biology tells me once you have a virus it is always present so we have made the tough decision to cull the herd and start fresh. After the first sow had a small, weak litter we thought about allowing the girls to farrow one more time in the fall. When the second sow had a small litter last week we decided there would be no fall litter. It becomes a financial decision not an emotional one... no piglets means the sows are not paying for their grain.
I researched boar taint and debated about keeping him away from the girls and reducing his hormones but when it is about $4. a pound for commercial slaughter and sausage making. But if that did not work and the meat still taste "boar" like it was not was not worth experimenting.
A Craiglist ad offering him for free drew a quick response and he left this week. It is different having an animal leave the farm not knowing how he will be treated. When I took Sparks to the slaughterhouse my conversation with Royal as we unloaded her was on that left me knowing she was in good hands. He appreciated her gentle nature and that she easily followed me. He asked about her litters. He is a farmer, knew it is part of life's cycle.
Here on Another Button Farm we are begin with a new crop of registered Tams. I am looking forward to meeting them.