Horses! and other beloved 'farm' animals

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Sorry to interrupt y'all's equestrian discussion, but I have to introduce the newest additions to my farm:


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Dallasite wrote:Sorry to interrupt y'all's equestrian discussion, but I have to introduce the newest additions to my farm:


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Exactly, Plutodog! The two males (the two on the right) will be raised for slaughter, but we're keeping the female (on the left) for breeding our next litter.
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Dallasite wrote:Exactly, Plutodog! The two males (the two on the right) will be raised for slaughter, but we're keeping the female (on the left) for breeding our next litter.
Prudent! I likes that!
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Dallasite wrote:Exactly, Plutodog! The two males (the two on the right) will be raised for slaughter, but we're keeping the female (on the left) for breeding our next litter.
Do you normally get pigs at this time of the year to raise? Everyone around here who raises pigs get them in the spring, and butcher them about now.

What breed are they?

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They are Berkshires. These are actually the first pigs I've raised since I was in my teens. Mine of my older sisters was in FFA and raised pigs for show and slaughter. I loved helping her with them. She raised Durocs and Yorkshires. When we moved out of Dallas a few years ago I was excited to finally be able to have some farm animals again. My son wanted a cow, but knowing I would likely be the main caretaker, I decided on pigs. I wasn't sure what breed I wanted, other than any but Durocs. They are mean!

I decided on Berkshires for several reasons. I really like the idea of continuing a heritage breed. The meat is arguably the best tasting of all swine. They don't grow as large as many breeds. They are probably the friendliest of all pigs. And the dark skin doesn't sunburn as easily as lighter-skinned breeds (important here in Texas).

I was actually surprised to find piglets available this time of year as most farmers do breed to farrow in spring. I've been looking for several months, since I got the pen set up, but was resigned to wait until spring. With our winters usually relatively mild and not really starting until after the first of the year, my new additions should have no problems growing enough to to take on the colder weather when it arrives.
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Dallasite wrote:They are Berkshires. These are actually the first pigs I've raised since I was in my teens. Mine of my older sisters was in FFA and raised pigs for show and slaughter. I loved helping her with them. She raised Durocs and Yorkshires. When we moved out of Dallas a few years ago I was excited to finally be able to have some farm animals again. My son wanted a cow, but knowing I would likely be the main caretaker, I decided on pigs. I wasn't sure what breed I wanted, other than any but Durocs. They are mean!

I decided on Berkshires for several reasons. I really like the idea of continuing a heritage breed. The meat is arguably the best tasting of all swine. They don't grow as large as many breeds. They are probably the friendliest of all pigs. And the dark skin doesn't sunburn as easily as lighter-skinned breeds (important here in Texas).

I was actually surprised to find piglets available this time of year as most farmers do breed to farrow in spring. I've been looking for several months, since I got the pen set up, but was resigned to wait until spring. With our winters usually relatively mild and not really starting until after the first of the year, my new additions should have no problems growing enough to to take on the colder weather when it arrives.
I had friends who decided to raise Red Wattles this year. Meat is ok, but VERY fatty. I don't know if it was because they tried to rush getting them up to weight for slaughter, but I honestly was not very impressed.

I wouldn't get Durocs either--everyone says they are not pleasant to have around.

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Red Wattle meat shouldn't be that fatty. They aren't a lard breed. Must have been a dietary problem. My plan is to have the boys ready for slaughter in 9 months. A bit longer than typical, but Berkshires develop more slowly than average and I want to take my time. I'm not in a hurry to get the meat in the freezer.
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Dallasite wrote:Red Wattle meat shouldn't be that fatty. They aren't a lard breed. Must have been a dietary problem. My plan is to have the boys ready for slaughter in 9 months. A bit longer than typical, but Berkshires develop more slowly than average and I want to take my time. I'm not in a hurry to get the meat in the freezer.
I think the 'farmers' must have been getting tired of the pigs breaking out of their pen, because I think they acquired the barrows in March of this year, and slaughtered in August.

I do think they weren't being fed correctly. Mostly though, I think the Red Wattles are normally on pasture for several months, and these were not.

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That is hilarious!

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Wow, he's even got a placemat on his back! :P
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tek wrote:holiday Chester
Is the bridle a present for him?

Foggy, that's a great thought, but he's a bit tall to be a table.

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What a lovely, happy looking animal.
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Horses are such beautiful animals.
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Another animal rescue; this time, "a horse".
A horse trapped in eight feet of snow in Valley County, Idaho was presumed to have only another day or so to live. The county Sheriff and some snowmobilers worked together to perform a timely extraction. Altitude=7700 feet. (The horse is now doing fine)
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There was at least one other horse that also got rescued at the same time. They were very fortunate.

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I don't mean to be a cold shoulder, but horses often rescued from such perilous situations die in the next few days. I worked really hard about 5-6 years ago to rescue a horse trapped in a reservoir. The horse couldn't scale the walls as they were cement and at a sharp angle. The horse eventually collapsed from exhaustion. A group of us got in the water, put a horse blanket under the horse, set up a pulley attached to a pick up truck and carefully and slowly hauled him out.

He seemed to have recovered, but three days later he died. Probably of a delayed heart attack. I asked after the horse and spoke to the treating vet. She told me it happened a lot.

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I wonder whether the lower temperature would help or hurt the outcome.
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Sterngard Friegen wrote:I don't mean to be a cold shoulder, but horses often rescued from such perilous situations die in the next few days. I worked really hard about 5-6 years ago to rescue a horse trapped in a reservoir. The horse couldn't scale the walls as they were cement and at a sharp angle. The horse eventually collapsed from exhaustion. A group of us got in the water, put a horse blanket under the horse, set up a pulley attached to a pick up truck and carefully and slowly hauled him out.

He seemed to have recovered, but three days later he died. Probably of a delayed heart attack. I asked after the horse and spoke to the treating vet. She told me it happened a lot.
I haven't seen any reports about either rescued horse dying, so I'm hoping that they are both indeed recovering. This was covered extensively in the local horse FB pages, so there would be a lot of follow-up interest.

That's a shame about the horse you tried to help.

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And all I can think of is that poor horse trying to explain to his buddies how he levitated over the tree tops. "OMG guys, you'll never believe this!"

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Sugar Magnolia wrote:And all I can think of is that poor horse trying to explain to his buddies how he levitated over the tree tops. "OMG guys, you'll never believe this!"
I admit I was thinking about how weird it would be for the horse if he woke up in mid-air. I know that he was sedated, and I believe that he was also blindfolded. I wanted to see a video on the receiving end, too!

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