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March 1, 2015

What's it like working with family?

I love the saying:  The best part of my job is working with family, and the worst part of my job is working with family!

It's true!

Mother Nature put a nix in our plans the last couple of weeks therefore things didn't go as they should of!  Things always work out so well in my head!

Following a long two weeks of snow, freezing weather, hog work not going as planned, travel and arriving home at 1am Thursday night/Friday morning brought about a 2 hour delay for school (for which I am thankful-2 hours extra sleep) led to 2 days of hog barn work in not our usual fashion!

When weaning pigs timing is everything-it is imperative to follow a schedule strictly!  Our breeding, farrowing and weaning schedule is mapped out for years ahead of time.  Once pigs are weaned from a  sow, the actual taking the pigs off the sow or them no longer drinking her milk, will start her cycle again for reproduction, so to keep everything running timing is key.  We wean on Friday's so that those sows come into heat the following week, can be bred and will give birth again 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days later.

We were shorthanded this time and had to shake things up a bit to stay on schedule.  Cole took the Friday after school shift of helping move sows around in the gestation barn and pulling sows out of farrowing.  Emi Lou then helped Saturday with moving the piglets to the nursery barn.  Normally this is all done on Friday so this was a different way of working for us but will still keep us and the sows on schedule.

Working with our kids is amazing.  We work well as family but for Chris and I to get to work with them individually like this past weekend was a pleasure!

Emi Lou is our hog farmer -

We call her muscles-she is a strong willed hard worker!


  1. Way to go Emi Lou you are amazing. I could use your help right about now my girls now live far away and we are calving leaving me most times all alone. You are to be commended for your work ethic. Lucky girl Jent. Hug B

  2. It sounds like you have some great kids that are going to be great citizens someday!

  3. There are worse nicknames than "Muscles." Love this!

  4. Very informative piece Thanks for sharing