Not very often do Chris and I do evening chores together but Saturday night we did - I didn't neglect to let the world via Social Media know it -
"Helping with hog chores tonight! #myboots #hogfarmerswife"
"UH OH - fooled the heat check boar the first time but not this time - not bred not good!"
"She's a good sow putting her energy into nursing her piglets but she was looking a little thin so she gets an extra scoop of SOM for additional protein tonight! #farmsmatter #farmerscare"
"Babies all warm and comfy #babybacon"
What does this have to do with me not sleeping? It was a comment I received on the last picture:
"I am not a vegan but I believe that even animals raised for food deserve a good and merciful life. Standing on a metal grate next to their mama who can barely move is not anyone's idea of 'comfy'. Don't know how you people sleep at night."
Well honestly, a lot of nights in the dead of winter and in the horrible heat of summer I don't sleep well - I worry about the 10% of our sow herd on outside lots. This winter we have had several sows get frostbit ears and we lost a sow to prolapse because all the sows in her lot laid in a pile for warmth, she was on the bottom! And in the summer keeping them cool is just as big a concern for me.
But how do I sleep knowing that my 90% of our sows and all our other pigs are safe and comfortable in confinement barns - like a baby!
This little piggy is sound asleep!
Chris texted me this picture the other day as he was checking on farrowing sows - this baby looks mighty comfortable to me!
They are not on metal grates - it is plastic flooring, the manure falls through to a pit so that they don't have to sleep in it, there are mats under the heat lamps for comfort and to keep them warm. Momma sow is in a farrowing crate so that she has space and so do her babies, she can't lay on them and kill them accidentally. Her feed is monitored twice daily, if she is putting her energy into nursing than she gets a little extra.
So how do I sleep - I sleep fine - my livestock is given a good and merciful life - when temperatures drop the thermostats in all our hog barns are higher than in our home and when the electricity goes out the only generator we own runs down at the hog barns not at our house! So ask me how I sleep at night and I will tell you peacefully know that our livestock is well cared for!