Wed, 22 May 2013
071 A sow in distress while farrowing on the farm, piglet castration and temperature extremes in the vegetable garden
This has been a week of extreme conditions on the farm physically as well as one of the most emotionally challenging weeks of farming yet. The vegetables have had to deal with a freeze of 28F one day and 90+ a few days later... any way you look at that, it's a challenge. On top of the wild weather we had to navigate piglet castration when the mama wants nothing to do with humans and icing on the cake was a proven sow who has issues while farrowing and needed help delivering 8 more piglets!
While we try and keep it clean it's been exhausting and the description of farrowing a castration topics made us thing the "use caution around small children" label was appropriate for the "more sensitive" listeners.
One resource we mention in this episode is the Perdue livestock "Difficult pig farrowing" guide here - http://www.extension.purdue.edu/pork/health/farr.html#exam
Anyone who ever said farming was easy should live a week like this then come back and see us :)