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Wordless Wednesday: So Much Smoke 

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Wordless Wednesday: Wall Fire 

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Sloppin’ The Hogs

I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you, we love our piggies! It’s been a kick in the pants having pigs again. They are fun to watch, they are fun to interact with and they are going to be incredible to eat.

The one downside to having heritage pigs is they take longer to feed and finish compared to commercial pigs. This means that our feed costs are becoming rather significant. We did plan for this and we knew to expect it so it’s not a shock to us.

However, since my Dad has a lot of experience with raising pigs, he suggested to us that we make our own pig food. Since these pigs are for our own consumption, and will be custom exempt slaughtered, we can make our own pig food!

This weekend we had an adult 4-H meeting where we made hog food and de-wormed our pigs.

Rene was kind enough to give us her pumpkins she grew! Thanks Rene!

Rene was kind enough to give us her pumpkins she grew! Thanks Rene!

We used rolled barely, milk, water, pumpkins and leftover vegetable waste from our kitchens to make the food. Next time we want to incorporate some rolled corn too.

Crystalyx containers are pretty much the best thing ever. I use them for everything. In this case a cooking container!

Crystalyx containers are pretty much the best thing ever. I use them for everything. In this case a cooking container! (These are what our cattle’s supplements come in).

I come from a long line of pyromaniacs, pretty much any excuse we get to play with fire, we take it. What can I say, I love to make s’mores!

Mahina and the Intern got a nice hot fire going and added water to boil.

Mahina and the Intern got a nice hot fire going and added water to boil.

I have a great fire ring in my front yard that we were able to set the tub on in order to cook our food.

I might have had too much fun doing this. Maybe.

I might have had too much fun doing this. Maybe.

While the food was cooking, we de-wormed the pigs. We used an oral paste that we tricked the pigs into eating by placing the paste in oreos. PThe pigs had no idea!

While the food was cooking, we de-wormed the pigs. We used an oral paste that we tricked the pigs into eating by placing the paste in oreos. The pigs had no idea!

After a couple of hours the barley expanded and smelled wonderful! The whole Ranch smelled like cooking pumpkin oatmeal and campfire, it was dreamy.

Mmmm, mmmm good. Homemade pig food!

Mmmm, mmmm good. Homemade pig food!

How did it turn out? Awesome. It was cheaper than the pig food we’ve been buying at the store, we are able to use food that would normally be wasted, and it was a lot of fun.

Best of all? The pigs LOVE it! They ate their normal amount and screamed at the fence until I gave them more (yes, the pigs are spoiled).

Best of all? The pigs LOVE it! They ate their normal amount and screamed at the fence until I gave them more (yes, the pigs are spoiled).

We’ve decided that we will now do a bi-weekly campfire cookout for the pigs. Like I mentioned above, we are going to try different recipes and see what the pigs do best on, and take it from there. Stay tuned!

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Repairing Fences

Remember a few months back when the Ranch caught on fire? They did catch the guy and he did have some insurance, but not enough to fix all the fence he destroyed. Over my Thanksgiving break I was able to help my Dad fix that fence so we can put our cattle back in their fields. I took this opportunity to take a few pictures of our fence fixing. Since I was trying to keep up with Dad (I know sometimes I drive my family insane with all my picture taking but, hey, that is what happens when you have a blog!), I didn’t get to document the whole process. As any cattleperson will tell you though, there is no end to fence building, so at some point expect a blog about fence building.

This was one of the worst ranch days recently. SO scary!

This was one of the worst ranch days recently. SO scary!

The accident took out many wooden posts. The posts are redwood hearts and have been there longer than my Dad has been alive. We replaced the wooden posts with metal t-posts.

The metal t-posts have to be pounded in by hand.

The metal t-posts have to be pounded in by hand.

The soil on this ranch is basically rock. Imagine pounding a metal post into almost solid rock - it makes my teeth and boobs hurt, I simply can't do it.

The soil on this ranch is basically rock. Imagine pounding a metal post into almost solid rock – it makes my teeth and boobs hurt, I simply can’t do it.

I am the official ranch fence clipper. I can clip like it’s my job (oh hey it is!). My little hands are perfect for getting into the small places in-between the wires. I also use a big nail instead of pliers – it’s just easier for my little hands.

I start by putting the clip around the post and wire.

I start by putting the clip around the post and wire.

I use the nail to wrap the clip around the wire...

I use the nail to wrap the clip around the wire…

Like so ....

Like so ….

When repairing your fence you want your wires to be close together so a cow can't stick her head through the wires and break them.

When repairing your fence you want your wires to be close together so a cow can’t stick her head through the wires and break them.

A great way to make your fence last a little longer is to get it off the ground. That way the wire won't sit in mud/water/moisture and rust.

A great way to make your fence last a little longer is to get it off the ground. That way the wire won’t sit in mud/water/moisture and rust.

Look, all fixed!!!!! Until the next bull fight or car accident!

Look, all fixed!!!!! Until the next bull fight or car accident!

Unlike my job in town, production agriculture does not give days off. I spent my Thanksgiving fixing fence, cutting wood and picking pecans with my family, while my friends watched parades and football games. I am incredibly thankful that I have a lifestyle that enables me to work with animals, nature and my family. I hope this blog is able to convey that to you out there in consumerland. Happy Holidays Friends!

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Wordless Wednesday: And the Smoke Rolls in

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More from THE FIRE

Everything is ok. No animals were hurt, no humans were hurt. The fire was caused by a hit and run driver. They caught him. We’re not sure if insurance will cover the damaged fence (there is a lot!), so we might be having a fence fixing party on the Ranch this fall! Good times! I wanted to share some of the pictures from that day with you.

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There Was A Fire on the Ranch Today

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