This morning was bright and sunny, so what was I doing in our dark barn? Cleaning the pig pen of course! Meet the new farm recyclers, 3 Berkshire hogs, 2 bred sows and boar. Amy is very happy with this latest adventure! We are excited for May and our little pigs to arrive. So how did the pigs earn the title of Farm Recyclers?
We all know that pigs eat nearly anything, including inedibles from the house! But they also love hay and other forages. In addition to household leftovers, we use low quality hay for their bedding that they munch into fine pieces. Pigs are very clean animals, if given enough room they will choose one corner of their pen for their manure! This makes it super easy to clean up after them. So once that is done (and relocated to the compost pile for garden fertilizer) I move the chewed up hay from their bedding area to the manure corner. Then add fresh hay for the pigs to eat and sleep in and it starts all over again.
Next year the pigs will move to the pasture and clean up after the cattle! Not only will they disperse the hay from winter bale grazing, but they will break up the cattle manure and decrease the flies! We will sell some of the piglets as feeders and feed out the rest for our own and friends and family.
Farms chores like cleaning the pig pen can be very time consuming and take a lot of effort. But when we focus on the benefits, not only do the pigs have a nicer place to live, but we will improve our garden yields, have a better environment for the cattle, and of course Bacon!
It is easy to get consumed by our daily struggles and forget why we are here.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.