Birth day for Berkshire Piglets

The babies started arriving early this morning.  Pig-farmer was home and on duty.  (Whew…)

There are 10 little piggies.  So far.

{UPDATE!  Pig-farmer just came in and said there are now 14!  14 piglets!}

Pig-farmer thinks a couple of the smallest ones may not make it.

It’s hard to tell.

Normally we love visitors to come see the newborns.

Normally.

This year, with the

 http://www.pork.org/News/3904/NationalPorkBoardStatementOnPEDV.aspx#.U06Gy_ldVyU

the pigs will have to be older, bigger, stronger before we welcome visitors into the farrowing barn.

So, I took pictures!

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For a size comparison, the sow’s hooves are pictured in the two next pictures.  For those non-educated people that believe farrowing/birthing crates are inhumane … finding squashed pigs is also rather inhumane.  Don’t forget, pigs are also carnivorous, and if able to locate the source of the birthing pain … will sometimes turn on their own babies until they’ve had time to sort it all out.

Farming is generally better when left to those that understand it.

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I sure don’t want this cute little baby being squashed.

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More pictures to follow.

Today is feeling more like spring again.  🙂

Except for the crick in my neck.

It has me feeling rather  tense.  My shoulders keep drawing up toward my ears.

This too shall pass.

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About Marla Rose

This blog documents country life in central Illinois with lots of pictures, and various other ideas/adventures that come my way. My hope is to make you laugh (or at least smile) and appreciate this life!
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28 Responses to Birth day for Berkshire Piglets

  1. Bill says:

    Congratulations on the piglets. They look delicious.

  2. They are awesome. Thanks for sharing the pictures of them. Congratulations!

  3. I feel your crick neck pain! My husband says it’s because I drink too much coffee. Congrats on the little cuties!

  4. cecilia says:

    Misery to have a cricked neck.. Fourteen is a lot of babies! And I do so agree not to let anyone near, this monstrous virus would be terrible if it got onto your wee farm. Anyway.. congrats on your new babies.. and those photos are just wonderful.. c

    • Thank you, C. I think a margarita tonight with my sister will help loosen the neck. 😉
      Wanting to share our love and learning on the farm … but wanting to keep the animals safe is difficult to balance sometimes.

  5. debweeks says:

    Congratulations on the arrival of the little piglets!!!! Is it terrible to admit that I think they will be cuter in a few days? 🙂

  6. dayphoto says:

    I love babies and little pigs are just the cutest!!! Keep everyone away…it is only wise!!!

    ✿♥ღLinda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  7. Buffy says:

    Awe super cute and shiny! Pigs are so much fun! Put a warm corn pack on your neck and take a little rest! I hope you feel better!

  8. congrats on the babies and I hope they make it. Farming is def. not for the faint of heart.

  9. I love the line “Farming is better left to those who understand it.” Congrats on the piggies…they are adorable.
    -Lori

  10. “Farming is generally better when left to those that understand it.” <— This is great!

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