Friday, January 9, 2015

Petunia & Spitfire

I had mentioned we got her back in August..
Then failed to post pictures.. 

She is a happy little pig.. 
She popped the ball with in a few minutes.
But loved it while it was in good shape. 

She was helping to clean the barn a couple of weeks ago..
Goats aren't quite sure what to think of her.. 
But they don't seem to mind her...

She was being brave so close to the electric.

She is about 45 lbs here..
A little bigger now and Extra hairy...
 Sooo What is our purpose here with a potbelly pig?... Well She had been bought as a pet but it didn't work out. I had been rolling the idea around of getting a potbelly to try raising for meat.. Don't worry Petunia is not the next center piece for the dinner table...  I have been told their meat is not very good by some. However we are going to try it. Milk fed pork is good.. Maybe it will improve the potbelly...
 We will be raising barrows for meat. They wont of course provide the same amount of meat as a full size hog but hopefully their size will be more manageable here on our small acreage..  If that doesn't work out Petunia will still stay. She did an awesome job cleaning up the gardens. We are going to work on a larger portable pen for next year since she is almost full grown now.. Looks like she will grow up to about 60-70lbs. Our next step will be finding a baby daddy..  :)
   Petunia loves to play. With the weather lately though she is usually hiding in her hut under a pile of hay. She comes out, eats, does her business, runs around a little then back to the pile...Oh the life...
She is a happy chubby little creature. I definitely like her better than a full size pig.. She is not near as scary. My youngest takes care of her on a daily basis. Petunia is never aggressive.. But she sure can be noisy.. Especially when those bossy goats are getting food and she is not..

Spitfire the steer... 
 Spitfire has been an education.. He is separate from the goats now because he is to big to trust around babies and we have 6 days to babies. He also doesn't realize how big he is.. We are getting ready to build a buck pen and he will go there so the pasture can have complete rest till May before I let any animals on it.
We sold Elsa the Brown Swiss heifer when Candice decided to get married since she wouldn't be here to take care of her, couldn't take her and I have no desire to milk a cow.. I prefer to milk goats. Spitfire is Milking shorthorn and Brown Swiss cross.. obviously takes after the Shorthorn side.  He is doing well. even in this cold.. He eats and eats then lays in his hay.. 
 Its a little warmer right now then it has been got up to a whole whopping 30*. Everyone seems to be faring in the cold weather.. Supposedly snow this weekend some.. We will see.. And that is a little more update of the other species around here.. See? I do have more than goats! 
  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoiceBefore the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. Psalm 96:11-13


the Goodwife said...

Awww, what a cutie! If the potbellies don't work out for meat (and I don't see why they wouldn't as a pig is a pig) have you heard of American Guinea Hogs? They are small, very docile and supposed to be delicious meat! I've never eaten them, but we have talked about getting a breeding pair of hogs, and that's what I would want, or else another pair of Old Spots. The other ones just get too big for me by the time they are breeders.

B.Y.S. said...

We have a cat named Spitfire.