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Looking at getting pigs aventuallyaventually advice needed

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Pigs' started by Jesusfreak101, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Feb 15, 2018
    JACB Dorper

    JACB Dorper Overrun with beasties

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    I truly think they are the kewlest breed I've found thus far. Hope they make you and your family happy! :love

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    My MIL advised me upon residing in this area, don't ever plant the tenders until AFTER June 1st. I have managed to grow corn every place I have lived...course started inside in peat pots, roots not disturbed...cobs are pathetic but man alive, the taste is magical...

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    My MIL, she's gone now and wouldn't you know...the beans I planted got hit with not one but FOUR days in a row of killer frost in the middle of June--bought $75 worth of seed for a resulting survival of FIVE plants...I can't even ask her, "So want now?" We did get three feeds, so blessed be I guess...better than none? :p

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    Short seasons here, lucky with 90 days at best, and why yes, snow in EVERY single month of the year...two inches of snow August 2001??

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    Potatoes do well until hit by frost that stops growth dead (you get like three weeks AFTER killer frost of magnificent balmy +25 to 30C weather to rub salt in your wounds!).

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    Oats are great...we get enough cool and wet weather you can really SEE them growing! Gave these a whirl one year, half an acre, hand sown outta coupla five gal buckets...WOOT...then I harvested clumps (gave to geese and two old Jacob ewes as treats) and intend on doing this again for the Kunekunes...I have two sections of electronet, portable charger, move coupla posts IN, let the porkers harvest and feast...I mean how perfect is it to let the beasts harvest their feed, earn their keep, utilize the poo right where its good...yeh, don't work stupid, work smarter! ;)

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    Everything here is tested, tried and strong (smell ain't all it's cracked up to be, eh?)...

    Gotta love it, grow ice worms next...go ice fishing I guess...bwa ha ha! :confused:

    Tara
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    I am so not jealous of your snow lol we have heat every month pretty much lol I am good with heat, I don't handle the cold well. Lol I like snow for about thirty minutes and I am over it lol.
     
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    JACB Dorper

    JACB Dorper Overrun with beasties

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    Not jealous one iota on your heat...and I am not so willing to share my snows...but here's a widdle peaky at winter 2013/2014...even "I" reached my snow tolerances that season...LOL

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    Nice fall day, and the next one...she's blanketed in winter...from green to white <<blink!>>

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    Live in Alberta and don't like snow, yer in the WRONG area! Winter 2013 & 2014...the 2013 year had rain every 2 to 3 days...so winter meant, snow, every two to three days...seems logical.

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    I thought my husband was a tad overkill in how far back he started piling snow in December...ah no.... o_O

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    But indeed...we durn near ran outta room...thankful we had a tractor with a snow bucket...he'd have been insanely tired if we only had the gravel bucket in play.

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    Where to pile snows off roofs once they are level with the buildings? GO wider I guess...

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    Our dogs like the up high ramp areas...

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    This was the Mt. St. Higgins snow range...May 27...darn it all, and I wanted to do up snow cones to sell to the tourists on their way by out camping...darn it all! See all the good fiber in it too...healthy healthy...get yer snow cones! :lol:

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    Thing for me, so long as we get bright sunshine, I'm good...and having clear skies is one huge bonus we do enjoy here...lots and lots and lots of clear sunny days...might be minus 40 but hey, sunny and I can deal with the cold. I hate heat...can't work in it. Gotta be working and producing or why be? I came from growing up on the WEsT Coast...ninety days straight of rains, gloom doom and oh help me now. My son's back there, he just wrote to say, 21 days straight with torrential rains, from light to heavy...ah yes, a Coast winter...you don't shovel it, but there's all sorts of issues I don't have to revisit. I am not so sure I'd be happy raising livestock and poultry on the Coast...putrid mud...and while we did take the lesson of roofing the runs to heart here, so many parasites thrive in warm wet conditions...no fleas here unless someone's dog brings them into your house. I could go on and on. I am where we belong indeed.

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    Pick the correct breeds for your climate and you got helpers and beasties that thrive...our dogs adore the snows...one big puppy playground and when you need a drink? Simply bend down and voila...cool refreshing drink to be had near any place outdoors. I had one girl that got quite miffed if she had no snow coverage--ease of refreshments AND she was potty trained ON snow...for a short bit thar, worried she'd have setbacks to her house training regiment. "What, go here...there's no white?"

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    Jest be mindful that YELLOW snow is a no go if yer looking for that thirst quenching type coverage, eh! :barnie

    Tara
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    Thats alot of snow lol wow yeah no lol my daughter loves snow but I prefer going swimming lol.
     

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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    One night of six inches of snow gone the next morning lol
     
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    The Coast was like that and I had dogs trained as sled dogs too...that sucked!
     
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    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    Lol that would suck. We don't get much rain either mostly sun and heat lol.
     
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    Neighbor girl when my wife was young lost a finger to a horse that way. And it was HER horse. Glad the OPs kids know to keep their fingers (all of them!) to themselves.
     
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    I worked on a horse rescue ranch before and feeding them by hand was actually the lease of our problems. Quite a few would kick you for no reason or try to do worse. There where a few who if you stopped petting them to do something real fast they would bite you. I had one bite my shoulder that was extremely unpleasant. One of the bosses got kicked in his shin from one and broke his leg. You had to be extremely careful with those horses. I was the manager in charge of handling/feeding/medical/and stalls maintance. There was always plenty to do and safety reminders even more so when we had kids come out.