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Archive for August 2011


Not that I can personally attest to the difference, but conventional farming knowledge says that the meat of an uncastrated boar doesn’t taste good. The phenomenon is called boar taint, and the results are a practice of castration for all male piglets meant for consumption at about ten days of age. The PETA people are […]

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I’ve mentioned before how the sheep will follow Will and I around when we feed the chickens, turkeys and rabbits, hoping for some dropped grain or pellets.  Well, Lucky took it to a whole new level. Since this photo, Will created an X out of twine, to keep Lucky out of the chicken tractor but […]

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On Sunday, we made the 2+ hour journey to Winchester to pick up two new does.  Yes, that’s over 4 hours round trip for a couple of rabbits, which is as crazy as it sounds.  It seems that other rabbit breeders in our area had the same heat-related issues that we did, meaning no one […]

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It turns out we weren’t crazy – Wilma really was pregnant and on Monday morning she gave birth to six piglets.  Unfortunately, one didn’t make it (not sure if it was stillborn or something happened post partum, but Will found it dead when he discovered the brood), but the other five are doing well.  One […]

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In the garden plot, aka the pond plot, Will planted onions from seed.  In the rented acre, he used onion starts.  So far he’s only harvested the garden plot and while we are thrilled we were even able to grow onions from seed, they were a little on the small size.  As in our largest […]

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Now that we had a trailer, it was time to put it to use.  On Saturday, we booked a babysitter to watch Alston and Will and I headed over to the shepherd’s farm to pick up five Border Cheviot ewe lambs.  She was kind enough to have picked them out for us (as we really […]

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