We purchased some pigs in December. They went into the back pasture where there is a natural spring, so that no matter how dry it got, they would have access to water to cool off.
On routine feedings one of our females looked to be growing much larger than the others and Jon told our workers that she must be pregnant. Oh, no, Jon was mistaken; he didn’t know anything about pigs. The day she delivered, Jon practically yelled, “I told you she was pregnant!”
Our mama has 12 little piglets. Alejandro did a fast math calculation of number of babies and the price of 5 week old piglets and came to the conclusion that we just paid for the purchase price of our pigs, any more babies would be profit.
This surprise birth was truly a surprise. We are still waiting for a male for our herd. Our animal broker had found us a large black male, but before he could close the deal and deliver, he had a motorcycle accident. He was in the hospital for a few weeks and lost the opportunity. So despite missing half of the breeding equation, we have piglets.