Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Great Pig Escape!
Well, it wasn’t that great
actually, but it makes for a catchy title.I was home on Tuesday, using a
vacation day to cook up some tomato sauce and get some other things done.Kurt was heading out the door to work and
stopped on the deck.“The pigs are out”
he said with no great excitement, much like I would say “dinner is ready” …
like this was not at all an unusual event.
In truth, it was a very
unusual event.Our goal is to keep our
pigs well fenced, hopefully avoiding such an occasion. Having raised a few pigs
over the years, this break out may be a first; of course I am not known for my
recollection skills, so maybe not...
Though Kurt was quite calm
about this, I was not.The last thing we
need is our bacon wandering into the garden or worse, out on the road.Visions of our pigs slogging through the tamarack bog out to Ole Lake passed through my sub-conscious...I told Kurt to call work because he was going
to be late.I heard him say “Hi Matt, I
might be late, I have pigs out”.I would
guess that Matt was pretty understanding about the situation… this is the same
Matt that helped us get these pigs in the first place and himself an experienced swine-raiser.I reached for the house phone to call in reinforcements.Turns out, Rollie was out for his morning
walk, so he missed out on the fun.
In actuality, it really
turned out to be a non-event.The pigs
evidently had not been out for long and although they were a little excited it
wasn’t all that difficult to lure them back through the break in their fence.Once they were shooed back to the general vicinity of their pen, a bucket of food was all the enticement needed to put them back behind bars.
and Boypig enjoying their new environs!
Yesterday the pair got moved
to new digs.Kevin fenced off a verdant portion of
the former horse pasture adjacent to the winter-coop yard where they have been
residing.After pulling in one of the pasture
shelters, the pigs were ushered in and appear to be delighted with the new
Otherwise, the routine of the
place is reluctantly shifting into fall mode. Kevin is discing and hauling composted manure out
to the field and I work on making tomato sauce whenever I have enough ripe
tomatoes for a batch.There is a lot to
do yet … potatoes to dig, cornstalks to cut down, apples, carrots and onions to
harvest, etc. but with the current warm and muggy weather, and today rain,
these things are put off a bit.This
afternoon, depending on the rain situation, we are planning to attend another
SFA farm tour and potluck event.Tomorrow, Labor Day, is predicted to be cooler so we have put off
cleaning out the does living quarters in the barn until then.I am also hoping to cook up another batch of
So, posting during daylight hours today. Happy long weekend, and be well all!