Piglets are learning to bottle feed


The three black baby pigs fought and squiggled into position until each latched onto a bottle nipple and started sucking. It’s been two weeks since...

It’s hard to be a piglet’s mother


One of the piglets scurried back and forth on the floor, another tried to leap twice his height into the box holding the milk, while the one I was...

Warm weather opens the cow spa


It’s spring, which means the “Cow Spa” is open. It’s time to clean up the clippers, sharpen the scissors and schedule spa time for the cows and...

Cows trim farm cemetery


Sarah was in labor, so I brought her to the holding area where I could keep watch.She is a Scottish Highlander cow who had given birth to a lively,...

What’s the buzz in the apple tree


Every year, about this time, the three heritage apple trees in my backyard burst into blossom. Some years, they whimper into spring with just a few...

Good fences make good neighbors


When you get a call from a neighbor at 5:30 in the morning, it’s probably not a social call.Whenever I get an early morning call it’s usually...

Beer-making grains get second life


What do beer and pigs have in common? If you said, “beer-drinking pigs,” you might be right. I have seen pigs and other livestock drink beer, but...

Do you milk your cows? Sometimes.


The two-day-old bull calf was weak and not interested in nursing on his mother, a black Scottish Highlander cow. The mother cow’s teats were too...

Cattle love sap


The black and white steer was clearly drinking sap from a maple bucket hanging from a tree pictured in a Facebook post. I thought that my cattle...

Unspoken accord with the coyotes


After more than two hours in the woods searching for the lost calf, we all stopped. In that spot, the smell of death was overwhelming. The calf had...

For farms, agritourism makes ends meet


‘I want to see the Guinea pig,” Mason asked.“No, Mason, it’s a mini pig, not a Guinea pig,” explained his mother.Mason, a 5-year-old boy, and his...

Muck, manure and winter farming


It was going to be a cold night so Bruce and I had to work fast. Temperatures had been in the 40’s and 50’s for a few days and all the manure and...

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