Bindel Farms

  (Spencer, Ohio)
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A surprise on the farm!

I just love coming home to surprises on the farm!  Today was no exception. On the farm, we currently have three pastures full of pigs.  One pasture has our 12 week old piglets, the second pasture has our two newly separated breeder sows with a 2-1/2 year old breeder boar which I was hoping to breed back with and the third pastured has a 9 month old breeder boar with a large black gilt who will be going to the butcher next month due to a deformed back leg/hoof. 

So today when I came home, everything seemed normal from a distance, the right amount of pigs in each pastured, but upon closer inspection, I realized that my 9 month old boar is in the same pasture with the older boar and one of my sow.  My other sow was running around in the pasture where my 9 month old boar use to live. The two boars were having boar fights to compete with who would breed with the sow in that field.

Turns out, one of the boars and I am suspecting the younger one, ran through the electric fence gate I had dividing the pastures and made his way to this pasture with the other boar and sows I was hoping to breed back later this week when they return into heat.

I have heard of this happening when a sow is in standing heat but the funny thing is that none of them are in heat right now and I know he did not have a problem two months ago when some of my feeder meat gilts were entering heat in the pasture next to him before heading off to the butcher.

Since I only had a half hour of sunlight left today and it was snowing pretty heavy and I had a gate to repair and my sows will be coming into heat any day now, my solution was just to pair a boar with a sow.  At least I will know which boar bred with my sows.



 
 

Thanksgiving, Pork and quince

Things have been pretty busy over here as usual at the farm. We managed to get through the Thanksgiving holiday without any problems and everyone is very happy with their turkeys.  I have been receiving a steady flow of good comments coming back as I normally do.

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner with family and enjoyed a 16# pastured turkey.

Our customers had a great selection of turkeys to chose from.  We had everything from a 12#-33# turkey available.

Last weekend, we loaded our first batch of pigs onto the trailer without any problems to take into the butcher and still have two more sets to go before mid December.  Our customers are getting excited about receiving their pork shares this month. This weekend we will be loading another set of pigs on our trailer to take to the butcher Tuesday .  Hopefully this will go well.

We also managed to round up one of our extra boars that we sold to a local farmer.  He has been sold since late October but I have been to busy to get him.  He was out on pasture running with the rest of the feeders. He also likes to jump fences so it was a chore to round him up onto the trailer.

I am trying to make some time in my busy schedule to make a quince jam from a recipe I found on line.  I received a bag of pineapple quince from a local orchard we know and have yet to have time to make anything with them.

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Pigs on the loose!!!

Like any other farm across the country, we have occasional stories of animals which have escaped out of there fences.   

One story which comes to mind is the day that I came home and found that all seven 200 pound pigs had escaped and had a field day while I was away.  You don’t know the feeling I felt in my stomach when I noticed that they were not in the pasture where they should have been. After looking around a little, I notice that they were of all places in the neighbor’s garden!!  I was very lucky as it was fall by then and they were finished with their garden.  We are lucky that we get along with our neighbors around us so it was not much of a problem.  Here on the farm, we use electric fencing which works great but we also use wood gates so once the pigs realized that post that held the gate closed was push over, they were out.

It did not take much time for me to get them back to the pasture.  A little feed to entice one pig back and the others followed right behind him.    

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