This has been another busy week with lots of fun things going on at the farm. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is hop on the “Ranger” with my husband and girls and check cows.  Check out my photos of our cows on pasture, a new load of baby piglets that just arrived and our second cutting of hay.  This is an inside look at where your meat comes from!

These girls love all that green grass in the summertime.  They have lots of shade available to them to keep them cool on these hot summer days.

These girls love green grass in the summertime. They have lots of shade available to them to keep them cool on these hot summer days. One of the biggest challenges this time of year is keeping flies under control . . . they are a real nuisance to cattle.

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We were fortunate to have great hay-making weather this week. The hay bales we’re making right now will be fed to our cows this coming winter when they’re not able to be on pasture.

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We received the first of two loads of piglets yesterday. These piglets were just weaned and weigh an average of 12.7 pounds. Before the piglets arrive, our barn is power-washed and disinfected to give the piglets the healthiest start possible. We will raise them in our hog barn until they reach market weight this winter. At that point, they will be loaded out and harvested.

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How cute are these little guys?! One of the first tasks when receiving piglets is to get them properly sorted. The smallest piglets are sorted off and put together in a pen so that they don’t have to compete for food with the large piglets. Every pen has a heat lamp to keep them warm . . . even in the heat of summer they still need extra heat until they get bigger.

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This little guy is anxious to get off the trailer and explore his new home.

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Sometimes, you just need a quick power nap!