Winter farrowing did not go well and between five sows I have nine babies. Lots of adjustments need to be made for next farrowing season. Main issue was having mixed age groups all together. And while I lost a lot of babies I think its for the best considering how rough this winter has been. I think if it was summer I wouldnt have lost nearly as many but with the cold and back to back storms it was very tough on the little ones. One thing I will say is only the strongest survived so these nine are very feisty!
That is tough, losing so many. I know you are on it and will make the necessary arrangements for your sows and babies. I have nothing but admiration for you. You have come far, overcome adversity and keep moving forward. Big hugs.
I have officially stepped down from raising the pigs. It's a part of my Dad I've held onto for a long time but as time has gone on I have felt my soul being called in a new direction. It's taken me a lot of time to come to terms with it considering it's been such a large part of my identity for so long. I mean who am I without my animals? The answer is a young lady who is trying to find her place in this world. I don't have any idea where I want to go next but right now I'm just living in the moment and embracing whatever life has to offer.
The pigs will remain on the property they were originally moved to, the owner has found a newfound passion with them.
Yes, you are right. It is time to find your place, time to spread your wings and fly.
Animals or no animals, you are still BYH family, please check in from time to time. I have the deepest admiration for you. You are making the right decision for the right reasons. Life is a journey, live every moment of it. Find what makes you happy and do that.
Its been almost 8 months since I’ve seen the hogs, but I went and visited them last week. This here is queen Lu herself.
As for me I wish I could say I’m doing well but that would be a lie. Turns out repressing three years worth of trauma is bound to cause some issues further down the line. For now I’m just taking things one day at a time and forging my path forward.