Here are few photos of our girls out on the pasture this summer.
They usually live outside from mid April till the first snows come.(December if we're lucky!)
They are tough enough to live out all winter, but we are not tough enough to go out there twice a day and feed them, so we put them in the main barn.
The teenagers are Lucy's January litter, and Lucy is pictured with her July Litter
A sow is pregnant for 115 days,(or as the old boys say "3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
This winter we'll be keeping 4 sows in total, and breeding them for early spring farrowing, so the piglets can be outside as soon as they are weaned. Pigs raised this way take longer to grow (about 8 months for pork - compared to 5-6 months in a factory farm) but the pork is way superior.
The girls coming running for their supper
Jenny, our new gilt
Lucy with her pigs, at 6 weeks old
They didn't read the book, that says they should be weaned slowly
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