Absolutely beautiful! Those little pork-choppers look so healthy and strong. And your girls look happy working the compost pile. Where are you getting all your compostables? That's quite a pile (or rather, series of piles).
What is your water source? Growing enough fodder for all that livestock will certainly take some irrigation, I would imagine.
Are you anywhere near the fires that are ripping their way through wine country? From the landscape, it looks very similar. Stay safe.
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Thanks, everyone. There is a fire pretty close to us in West Point, in Calaveras County. Last I checked it was 90 percent contained. We have a few acres around the house with a barn and some small outbuildings. The goats and birds are here all the time. Our hogs that are close to farrowing are kept here. We keep them here until we wean and train all the little ones to electric fence. Then we move them to another place down the road, it's forested with black oaks, pines, madrones, maples and quite a few other species of trees. The land has been selectively logged twice in the last twenty years and just cleaned up two seasons ago. We are running the hogs through trying to clear the under story and keep it cleaned up. We have kept more hogs at the house this summer using them to terrace a half acre we are planting to perennial gardens. The one picture is a row of Jerusalem artichokes Meagan planted in the spring. Keeping the extra hogs this summer we've raked lots of manure hence the large compost piles. The goal is to build some good soil for the gardens around the house. We have about a half acre meadow, but that isn't near enough fodder for what we are doing. Our hay comes from about 30 miles away, it is a mix of oats, clover and native perennial grasses. I'm working with my hay guy to plant some different mixes for me this coming year. The goats get lots of hay, we let them waste lots of it, then it gets raked out to the chickens and turkeys. They scratch through it, then it goes on top of the garden beds and what ever else needs mulch. Mulch matters. We stay very busy and always have multiple ongoing projects.
Anything over 120 square foot you need a permit. We have an ag exemption though so we could build a barn I believe. Luckily the place already had about enough barn space for us. I think we'll end up with a big shipping container sooner or later to keep stuff dry and rodent free.
I don't always make ham and eggs for breakfast but when I do I make it in the backyard. I've been on the road, drove to Texas and headed back again the end of this week. Taking these hogs to the butcher first. Five barrows and two mean sows.
I’m back! I’ve been in Texas with no internet for the last four months. Got back to the farm and we took thirteen barrows in to butcher, they averaged 290 lbs each. I’m trying to get a chicken coop built so we can get the 120 chicks out of the garage. We’ve also had four gilts farrow for the first time, so we have lots of little piggies on the ground.
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