Category: Other Hogs

All the other Hogs

Reading Ear notches on a Hog

This post is for new pig folks, and kids with show pigs, and people that just want to learn what those notches are for, and how to read them, and put them on a piglet. Hog keepers that need to keep…

April All-Around Updates

It’s been a busy few weeks since my last post, so this could be rather long… I’ll start with the Red Wattle hog updates – Lucky had her litter, 12 happy active piglets! Looks like the rooster is amazed… lol.…

Good days, I like them…

Had a good day, birds were chirping outside early, I had an early call from a pleasant college student discussing hogs, Turkeys gobbled with purpose, a couple piglets had escaped and were waiting to be let back into the future…

Annie’s Litter 10 – More Details

While I have been remiss in posting more about Annie’s litter, we have been enjoying them. I figure I will put some more info here before they leave us and join new homes. She farrowed this litter on February the…

Yes, I am Still Here…

I realize I don’t have a lot of viewers, but I still try to keep this little farm blog rolling in a somewhat regular fashion in hopes someday there will be more folks interested, and reading. I have been a…

State of the Bacon Address

The hog population here at the Ohl Farm is growing, and will be booming in the next couple months. Dancer’s Litter 7 is a week from 5 months old, Roseanne’s Litter 8 is 4-1/2 months old this week, Lucky’s will be…

Why registered Hogs?

My rant on why have registered breeding stock.. I raise Red Wattle hogs for several reasons. I think heritage breeds are important to save, Red Wattle hogs originated in this area, they are a dark colored hog that is a…

Annie says goodbye to Litter 5

Today was the day Annie nursed her first litter for the last time. All nine; 3 barrows and 6 gilts; are destined to be picked up tomorrow. They are great little piglets, 3/4 Red Wattle and 1/4 Hampshire and a…

Litter 5 Update 9-2-13

Annie is being a great mom, and all 9 piglets are doing fantastic. They are playing, running and visiting all the other hogs. I am posting some pictures here that I have taken over the past week or two. The…

Litter 5 data-1

Here is the data we just collected on Litter 5 – Annie’s first litter. There were 9 piglets born, and 9 still alive and healthy. We ear notched them all, and weighed them, sexed them counted teats, and recorded colors…

Annie and her piglets

Annie is a 1/2 Hamp, 1/2 Red Wattle hog. She was born here on the farm, to Blackie, a Hamp, by Daddy O, our Red Wattle Boar. Blackie was part of James’ 2011 FFA project. She had problems farrowing which led…

Spring Contest?

I am thinking about a giveaway… People love free stuff, am I right? If I am thinking right, people should love free stuff that is actually really cool, and farmy… right? It is true that I recently lost 15 little…

Raising a Hog – Giving Shots

I don’t prescribe to giving all the shots to a hog that are regularly given in confinement operations, I have to say that right upfront. They have their reasons, I have mine, and ‘ne’er the twain shall meet’. There are…

New Calendars for 2013

Ok, I have designed a new farm calendar for the new Red Wattle Season here on the farm. I plan to get some done up professionally and they should look something like this Nice, but (I hope) not too expensive. If…

Ollie – Show hog update

Ollie was not doing well at one point last week, and we had to have the vet out. He was not walking on his back legs very well, and only if I helped him up. He would kind of wobble,…

Farm Calendar

I have placed our Google Farm Calendar on the blog. You will find it on the right side of the screen. Now you can see when we are expecting new litters, as well as when we are weaning litters. I…

Plumbing in the Pig Pens

Alliteration for all us aging ag folks. I am sore today from digging up water lines that supply the hog pens, reconfiguring them to work better, digging more trenches for additional lines, and burying it all back. I had to…

A Short Breather

The new chickens have a coop, and laying boxes, and a pen; pigs are getting fed and watered, and growing to prove it, (well, the chickens are too for that matter), there is a semblance of peace out at the…