Winter Farrowing January 2015
Most difficult thing to do as a pasture raising hogs is winter farrowing. Farrowing is what the birth process is called. We have chosen to keep it simple and true to old school for the time being. So the pigs are kept outside on pasture or a snow field in the winter. Our Farrowing shelter consist of 6 enclosed stalls with open fronts. It seems that the sows always pick the coldest days to give birth. We had a litter on January 1, 2015 and the outside temperature was 15 degrees F. Then they always are consecutive too, 24 hours later another one farrows. 10 degrees F. Burr it was cold. We lost a total of 3 out of 16 piglets. Keep your finger crosses the mamma's keep the babies warm.