Watching the farm change from brown to green and now golden yellow over the last 2 months has been like watching the seasons change. The rain before Christmas definitely lifted spirits and put an amazing green tinge to the place. It also allowed us to put feed under the feet of our cattle and take a moment to breathe. The return to yellow, while disappointing, is the outcome of 3 weeks of 40 plus temps and no rain to speak of.
There has been an incredible silver lining to the last month with record litters of piggies being born. Our focus on the piggery and making the most our little farm is really paying dividends at Merrifield. Three huge litters dropped over two of the hottest days we have ever had, making all the hard work we have put into sprinklers and piggy wallows worth all the effort. Pigs can’t sweat so all of our piggies have lovely big muddy wallows to laze in to keep cool and escape the hazy heat.
Despite the heat, our pigs have been feeding well and putting on weight, which is a constant challenge for free range pig farming. Watching the pigs scoot out from their shelters and play under the sprinklers has been a source of humour and enjoyment for all of us out here.
Whilst we patiently wait for rain, our little farm has found ways to beat the heat and keep the happiest piggies we know. We hope you all have your own clever ways to beat the heat and keep happy and healthy.