Bindel Farms

  (Spencer, Ohio)
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Spring planting and more!

We are keeping very busy on the farm this time of the year.  I have to say that the weather has finally greatly improved and we are getting beautiful day now.

Last week, I managed to finally move our extra boar to the new farm for breeding.  I did not need him since I bought a younger boar and he was just so huge in size. 

Since then, I have managed to move all my pigs off of the pasture that they were this past winter so I can plant my sweet corn and the rest of the vegetables that did not get planted in the cool weather section of the garden.

Last night when I was tilling our field for planting, I had a situation that any farmer would say would be a nightmare t5his time of the year, my tractor just stopped working in the field!  This kind of puzzled me as it has never gave me any problems before.  Yes it is a 1971 Ford, though not new by any means, it is still a good working tractor.  I am happy to mention that after waiting about 15 minutes trying to start it, I finally did manage to start again and I was able to continue preparing my field.  It must be gremlins I joked in my tractor because I have been jumping the solenoid for the past 2 years to start it ever since the replacement solenoid went on it and suprisingly last night the solenoid started working again when I could not get the tractor started.

In other news, our meat chicks finally arrive last week and we will be expecting two litters of piglets in about two weeks.  Ourt pigs that were born last November will be going in for processing in June.  Our CSA will also start in June too.

I also met with a OSU graduate student in an entomology and she has selected us as one of 16 farms that she will be collect bugs at this year so she can write her thesis on insect in the vegetable garden, in particular squashes and corn section.


A 600 pound boar on the loose!



We never have dull moments on our farm.  This weekend was the weekend that the boar loaned to us should have headed off to another farm for breeding over there. 

If you noticed the words should have, because in reality it never did happen. 

We had this weekend planned out for several weeks now.  The farmer that I got him from two years is about four hours from us and when he told me that there was a farm about 1/2 hour away that needed him, we jumped at that opportunity since 1/2 hour drive to the next county is more reasonable than the 4 hour drive across the state. 

We used him for two years for breeding but he has gotten so big now that I think that he weighs about 600 or more pounds and I believe that he is at least four years old now . Plus we currently own a much younger boar and there is no need for two boars on the same farm especially with feed prices so high.   

My plan was to load him onto our trailer and drive him to the other farm.  But unfortunately our trailer was no match for him.  It was not a problem loading him, only took about 15 minutes or so but as soon as we got out of the pasture, he proceeded to take my trailer apart in two swipes of his head and jumped out of the trailer.

Now we have a 600+ pound pig,with tusks, on the loose and of course he was not even anywhere close on my property either!

For an inexperience farmer, they would probably completely freak out with this situation but this of course is not the first time for us that a pig has escaped.We have had whole herds of seven  or eight on the loose before in the past.

I actually went and parked the tractor and trailer before attending to the escaped pig as first, I knew that he was not going anywhere and secondly, I needed to think about how I was going to handle it.

Needless to say that with my past experience, I did managed to get the boar back into the same pasture that he came from fairly quickly by myself but it was clearly for sure that I would not be able to haul him myself in my trailer.

After this whole ordeal which lasted about a half hour in the morning, I decided to contact the farm I was suppose to be taking him to and told him the whole situation and that he needed to find a trailer strong enough, preferable metal, that he could haul him back to his farm inside.

Our poor trailer after the boar took it apart while in the process of escaping.

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