I have been extremely busy. Anyone who thinks that farming takes a break in winter is wrong! Everyday chores are much more difficult in the cold weather. Gloves freeze to gates, water is carried to the barn instead of being pumped in, animals are more hungry due to the lack of fresh green grass. It’s just part of life on a farm, seasons come and seasons go.
So I did something last week that I never in a million years thought I would do. I impregnated a pig! AI, artificial insemination, is a way for our farm to offer diversified bloodlines. I mapped out the girls estrus on the calendar and the semen was delivered in a nitrogen tank. I can’t act like I am an old pro, or even give tips on how to AI, this was my first time. I didn’t video the process as I was afraid I needed to focus on the process and read directions rather than narrate the process. We have two sows to inseminate and I have been able to work with one. The next sow I hope to video the process.
Here are the pics that were taken. They show the supplies and the process of AI. I know they are not very educational, but hey I’m learning too. In one picture the sow is laying on me, one of the wonderful traits of Large Black hogs is their willingness to lay down for belly rubs. This sow is my smallest Matilda, she is dainty. So fingers crossed that the impregnation worked. The next sow is very large, my second largest Prudence girl. I am waiting for her to come into estrus, you can’t rush those things. So now we wait.
In the meantime, if you ever want to check up on the farm, you can find more on our facebook page. We have more time to update on facebook. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/our.greenacre