|Really, If I were a pig (just don't) I'd want to look just like Miss Gidget here|
We raise Beef. Tend Bees. Milk cows. Assist customers. Feed pigs. etc...
Speaking of pigs, check out these stunning gals we recently purchased from Deanne Holmstrom up in the beautiful rolling hills of Wisconsin last month.
Both are full blooded Red Wattle Gilts (virgin sisters) who will soon be big enough to be bred by one of our registered RW boars. Wally and Max are drawing straws for the privilege as we speak. Perhaps we will split them up and compare the litters? Sounds like a good time to me.
|Wally making eyes at the new girls|
They come from some amazing stock (Sire side) from a few of the original Red Wattle breeders in our country like Clyde Grover of Northern Illinois, and Elvis Kirsch of Texas where the Red Wattles were rediscovered in the 1970's, as well as from some wonderful newer breeders (mom's side) like the Wickham Farm in Iowa.
As we gear up for selling our farm and working with the Prince Farming who plans to expand all our farm product lines, especially pork production, we needed to add to our current breeding stock. We fell in deep like* with these two the minute we skidded down the long snowy drive of their beautiful homestead.
|Best way to move a couple pigs down a slippery slope?|
Well, they don't call them hog panels for nothing.
But then again how fun is a road trip if the road is dry and easy to see? We enjoy a challenge and finding these two treasures was worth every mile. The Holmstroms are fellow dairy farmers like us and raised these girls with the gentlest of hands. They are super sweet (the pigs AND their owners), easy to care for and very content in their new digs in our barn. But what I admire the most is their deep mahogany red coloring. Admit it. They are stunning.
|Gidget and Gizmo.|
If all goes as planned we'll have litters from these girls sometime in August, which means lots more pork for folks to buy in February. A life cycle you can smack your bacon lovin'lips on!
* (genuine love won't come till we see what kind of mothers they prove to be, sorry I can be very judgemental that way)