Friday, March 28, 2008

We're Back In The Saddle and Stronger

Well we hit a slight bump for awhile there. Matthew got the flu and was down for a few weeks. Then Mary-Kate got the flu and was down for two and a half weeks. Then Matthew got pneumonia and Mary-Kate trumped him by getting bronchitis and having to go to the hospital because she couldn't breathe. Then I got pneumonia from being run down from taking care of both of them. Finally, just when we thought that everyone was better and Doug had escaped it, he got bronchitis.
But he is now much better and I think that we are past all of that. So much so that we have sent out three tractor trailer loads of hay this week and 4 various and sundry smaller loads.

Now if only the weather would cooperate. This morning we woke up to two inches of snow on the ground.
Tomorrow we are going to butcher the last of the pigs for the year and then I am done with that part of the business for the rest of the year. I am sad to announce that I am down sizing my pig business. The price of feed is getting to be a bit too high. Last fall I started out paying $145/ton for pig mix, now I am up to $320/ton two weeks ago when I got my last ton. I don't know what it is this week. Fortunately a friend came on Monday and combined my corn so I have feed for several weeks for the remaining pigs that are in the barn. Maybe by the time the corn runs out God will bless me with nice weather and dryer ground and they can go out and forage for some of their feed. Too bad that pigs shouldn't eat baleage because we have plenty of that.

Thanks be to God that my family is getting better.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Glad everyone's better! We could only afford to raise up five or six pigs at a time due to expenses, so I know what you mean. Our farm is outfitted for a much bigger operation, but I don't think we'll ever do more than enough for ourselves and immediate family. We haven't geared up yet to start again (we only just got back to the farm after being away for two years), but do miss that fresh, organic pork! God bless you; it's a tricky business weighing out costs to make it productive!