Monday, November 14, 2011

No faux foo-foo farm here...

I love the romanticism of farming....  The barn, the carriage and the brown eyed milking cow...  However, this is a real farm...  

We casterated 5 pigglets here today...

Now that's real farming...  Not just all "pretty and perfect" pictures doctored up...

:)

Just sayin'

8 comments:

Ma said...

yeah, we have to do that too. Ugh. You're right...some things about farming are quite, umm, REAL.

Happy Days said...

poor little piggies...debbie

Crazy Acres Rose said...

honest curiousity here.. why do you casterate them?

we used to have people tell us to do that, otherwise the meat will taste "off".. but then we left them intack last year, and the meat tasted fine.

others have said that the pigs are less aggressive.. and maybe they are when they are older, but we have yet to keep them longer than 6 or 7 months (though this year we are planning on keeping a breeding pair for the spring)

we've left them again this year.. and it's soon time for butchering :D

so it's a really honest question.. as to why you casterate them :D

thanks

Homemaker Ang said...

We cast. Them as
1. Each one I have tasted that was not. Cast. Had an odd flavor
2. We raise them grass fed so we have them longer and they do become aggressive and we want safety for the little ones

Renata said...

Oh yeah ~ we do the lambs & it sure isn't fun at all, but needs to be done!

In reply to the comment ~ I was told that to prevent the odd taste in meat you must essentially castrate ( chop off that region) as soon as you've cut the throat to prevent testosterone circulating through the system. I guess we'll find out if this works one day.

Piglets are just so cute!!
Have fun
Renata:)

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

We castrated a ram lamb today, so appreciate (understand) the honesty! No blood with this, though, as we used the "clamp" method because he is a little bit bigger.

Another thing - only five males in that big litter? That's pretty neat!

Treasures Evermore said...

Wow, I learned something to today...yikes!!!! Poor piglets:-(

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