Sunday, March 30, 2008
In an effort to minimize the farm's consumption of fossil fuels and the impact of heavy machinery on the soil Trent uses horses for tillage. Here he is striking a pose for sustainable agriculture while spreading compost. From the look of this picture it seems to me that his motivation for eschewing internal combustion engine powered machines in favor of horse-drawn apparatuses (like this manure/compost spreader in the photo above) has, at least in part, something to do with the more abundant opportunities afforded by the older technology to look cool while he works.
BTW, in the background to the left is the cow barn and to the right is the dairy barn containing the milking and cheese-making rooms, kitchen, aging room and retail-sales outlet.
By Saturday 10 piglets out of the litter of 11 that was delivered by the gray sow were alive and doing well. The same could not be said for the offspring of the black sow, who's numbers by Saturday AM had dwindled to three from an initial farrowing of 13.
I know we are raising these pigs to slaughter and turn into salami, but it is still sad and very frustrating to see them dying off so soon after birth. I'd like to think that it's the sow's fault for not being able to settle down and feed nurse them. But that's not the way it works. We are the stewards of these animals and their loss are partially our failures. We owed those pigs a good if brief life, and what they got was a brief period of hunger and an early death. It stinks.