The piglet was pulling herself towards her eight siblings who were huddled under the heat lamp. Earlier I was outside when I heard the squeal. Six hundred pound mamma pig, Sarah, had made a wrong move and stepped on her two pound baby who was now struggling across the floor of the pigpen. The baby squealed when I picked her up, her feet were cold and she couldn't walk.
Carole Soule's blog
Swimming, soccer, cookouts? Is that what cattle want in their “summer camp?” Not exactly. What they want is grass, lush vegetative grass. They want grass that has not gone to seed. They even like weeds and brush but not grass that has seeded out or is too short, like a mowed lawn.
Many of our cattle have left the farm for “Summer Camp” now that the grass has finally started growing. Despite the warm winter, grass got off to a slow start due to the cold weather this Spring. Now the grass is exploding out of the ground and the race is on to get cattle to our twelve remote pastures.
Mother's Day is coming up. At Miles Smith Farm we have nine new mothers so far this year with eleven more babies due. Some cows are due soon and others are due later in the summer. Cows gestation is 9 months, just like humans, so births depend on a date with the bull. We like calves to be born in warmish weather, late April, so date time is July. If a cow does not get bred then, she gets a second chance in September.