We have a few piglets that were born late last week!  So cute!IMG_0883IMG_0885

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.
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10 Responses to Piglets!

  1. Sophia says:

    Precious !!!

  2. We kept pigs for the first time this past year, but finished them all early last month. We plan to keep a breeding sow this coming year, but have concerns about protecting the piglets (mainly from being crushed by the mama). What sort of set-up do you have for nursing and protection?

  3. Marilyn says:

    Very cute. I remember years ago seeing triangle shaped pig shelters that supposedly prevented mother pigs from crushing their babies. Is that not done anymore? Just curious.

    • We used to call those Pike huts. They are still used but only by the rare farmer who still farrows pigs on pasture…and even then, only by a few of them. Inside there is usually a 2×4 pig rail suspended in from the edge all the way around to hold up mama when she lays down allowing the little pigs can get out from under her. They are cheap to build and hold up to the wind pretty well.

      • Marilyn says:

        Thanks for the reply. I really don’t know anything about farming, It’s obvious. Farrowing pis on pasture is Greek to me. LOL

        • LOL Sorry. Most pigs are raised on slatted floors. Sows “pig” or “farrow” (give birth) in crates. The crates prevent little pigs from getting squished or eaten by mama but also prevent mama from moving around. In general, sows from modern production floors are poor mothers but those traits tend to right themselves over time in the pasture.

  4. Leilani says:

    Beautiful babies….. There is just something about pigs, from a pound on up to full grown, I adore them!

  5. Audra says:

    These are so cute! Nice color too. Hope these are your best Christmas gift.

  6. Alana says:

    Wow.. Its so cute and sweet pigs!

  7. Liana says:

    So cute buddies! I love pigs very much..