Friday, January 11, 2013

Maybe it's cold outside...


The temperature in Indiana sure is a little wacky these days.  Since Christmas, we have had several inches of snow on the ground and winter like temperatures.  This has all changed this week as the snow is almost all melted, we've had over an inch of rain in the last 24 hours, and we are approaching 60 degrees as I type this. 

The dramatic weather changes not only wreak havoc on everyone's sinuses at the pigpen, but it also makes me very thankful for the way we raise our pigs.

As you know, The Farmer and I are the fourth generations of our families to raise pigs.  Our ancestors would be amazed with the care we can provide our pigs with the changing weather patterns we are currently experiencing.  My mother-in-law can tell many stories of what it was like to raise pigs in snowy, icy, cold weather conditions that overnight become wet and muddy. 

This is just one of the many reasons that I'm glad that we can raise our pigs today in climate controlled barns that allow us to protect them from the elements (and predators) and provide them with a 70 degree climate year round especially when we may or may not be cozied up around our fireplace at home trying to stay warm (of course The Farmer is always makes sure the pigs are taken care of first).

So with the tune of Baby It's Cold Outside running through my head, Maybe it's cold outside ...

We really can't stay
Maybe it's cold outside
We gotta go away
Maybe it's cold outside
This evening has been
Been wishing the rain away
So full of ice
I'll hold your umbrella today
The Farmer would start to worry
But the pigs are warm inside
Bubby would be pacing the floor
The pigs are protected inside
So really we don't have to scurry
Farming is our first love
The pigs are our top priority



  1. Very clever! Our poor moos are roughing it outside, and the "Organic material" is totally thawed! :-P ;-) Waiting for it to get back to being Cold outside!

    1. Thanks Lana! This mud is not fun that is for sure. Good luck!

  2. This certainly is different from the "old" days of raising pigs in &out of the elements as we did many years ago. Thanks for showing us all about modern farming!

    They look quite content by the way!!


    1. Thanks for your kind words, Gert, and thanks for stopping by.

  3. My husband and I sell hog equipment in the midwest and I'm a big fan of confinement housing. No one wants to service a feeder in the bitter cold, either! Love your stories - thanks for sharing. - anna


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