Things started to improve when we decided to separate Bianca before she farrowed and she gave birth to 14 without loosing a one. Sansa (her daughter) soon followed with another healthy batch of piglets. Now that summer is near we have been having litters near constantly with Brienne, Ygritte, and Cersei giving us 22 healthy piglets all within a couple days.
A couple weeks after the trio of litters we did hit a hiccup with Sandy. With the warm weather we had once again started letting the sows farrow where they choose and it had worked out -- until Sandy. She had her litter in the middle of the pasture (like she did last year) and the resulting turmoil of moving her piglets resulted in a devastating loss of 11 of her 13 piglets.
Now Rosie and Matilda have farrowed once again, both of them giving birth to 13 piglets. With the warmer weather and us a bit more knowledgeable than before, only 3 piglets of the 26 have been lost. Quite the turnaround from this winter.
The first of last winters piglets have already left for the butcher and we should be receiving a call any day to pick up the meat. We sent two pigs to market and will have plenty of pork to sell, so visit the product page for pricing. From now until at least this winter we have approximately 2 pigs per month going to butcher. If you want to purchase a whole or half pig, let us know as it will be cheaper to buy wholesale -- it costs us extra to have the meat processed for resale.
You can also purchase our products at the Gentner Commission Market's Flee Market where we will be setting up a booth in the coming weeks. The flee market is every Wednesday in Springville, NY. Check out our facebook for precise dates when we will be there. (By we, I mean me - Kayla. Plus a family friend who will maybe have some produce to sell depending on how well his garden does.)