(Note: I really blew the 2009 task and events log off, and it has really affected my record keeping. So, I hope to do a much better job with it in 2010.)

December 31, 2009

  • Received nine tons of second cutting large square bales, twenty one bales total. Had them all stowed away in about an hour and a half
    • Opened one bale for the home farm sheep
  • Dumped nine bags into the pig feeder
  • Took advantage of the fact that the roan gilt is in standing heat to tape her. She weighs 265 pounds, so she and five or six others that are her size are ready to go. I thought she was only in the low 200s
  • Waited too long to empty the spreader and the apron chain snapped under the pressure of the frozen urine/manure. I cursed a lot and left it in the field. I will fork it out as best I can by hand today and then run the heater on it until I break the stuff on the bottom free so that I can fix the chain
  • Got my first cold since 2008. My system seems to be keeping it at bay. I have a sore throat, am sniffly, and am coughing up gunk, but I still feel about 90%

Saturday, January 2, 2010

  • Opened a large square bale for the lease farm sheep

Monday, January 4, 2010

  • Received 38 bales of three year old alfalfa hay for pig bedding ($1.50/bale)
    • Added ten bales to barn

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

  • Opened a new large square bale for home farm sheep
  • Opened a large square of third¬† cutting alfalfa for the late gestation ewes
  • Added fifteen bags of feed to the hog feeder, which I had let them empty so that I could track their consumption

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

  • Opened a large square bale for the lease farm sheep

Thursday, January 7, 2010

  • Picked up a ton of grain for the lambs

Friday, January 8, 2010

  • Added eighteen bags to the pig feeder
  • Took eight lambs to the slaughterhouse

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

  • Sorted out the rams and put all the ewes together for the rest of the winter with my friend Zach

Thursday, January 14, 2010

  • Took six lambs to the slaughterhouse

Friday, January 15, 2010

  • Serviced the tractor
    • engine oil and filter change
    • fuel filter change
    • cleaned air filter
    • greased
    • still need to change hydraulic filter and fluid, but that can wait until spring unless we have a few more warm days

Saturday, January 16, 2010

  • Re-united the lamb that had the feeder topple over on her with her flock. She is fully recovered
  • Brought home about 750 pounds of slightly punky parsnips for the pigs

Sunday, January 17, 2010

  • Added four bags to the pig feeder

Monday, January 18, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay for the lease farm lambs
  • One ewe is all bagged up and was staring off into the distance calling, so I am pretty sure she is going to lamb within the next day or two
  • My friend Zach and I mucked out the large sheep stall that is actually a double wide horse stall of Jen’s that she has wanted back for quite some time
  • Finished the large square of alfalfa. I have been feeding 1/3 alfalfa, 2/3 second cutting mixed grass for the additional minerals, vitamins, and protein

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

  • Sorted out the bagged up ewes and penned them up by the barn
  • Bought a ton of hog mash and added twenty bags to the pig feeder
  • Took a few unthrifty, non-marketable lambs to the sale barn

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep
  • Added the other twenty bags to the pig feeder

Saturday, January 23, 2010

  • Added eighteen bags to the pig feeder

Sunday, January 24, 2010

  • Picked up 20 new pigs. They look good.
  • The first lamb was born, a single ewe lamb.

Monday, January 25, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the lease farm sheep

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

  • Ewe AW1 had triplet lambs, two rams, one ewe
    • Lamb count, four: two rams, two ewes

Thursday, January 28, 2010

  • Ewe AW9 had twin lambs, one ram, one ewe
    • Unfortunately the ewe died to hypothermia because the ewe went outside to have the lambs. Jen and I tried to get the lamb going, but she died while we were trying to get her body temp up
    • Lamb count, five: Three rams, two ewes
  • Set up more inside space for the ewes and ran them inside over night to prevent any more barnyard births, especially last night with 30 mph winds and -15 wind chills
  • Docked Lamb 001’s tail

Friday, January 29, 2010

  • Ewe 1773 (scrapies tag) had twin lambs, one male, one female. The male is vigorous and nursing well. The ewe less so. Even though her belly feels like she got some of her mother’s colostrum, I supplemented her with colostrum replacer to get her kick started and keep her warm, since the barn is ten degrees
    • Lamb count, seven: four rams, three ewes

    Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep

Saturday, January 30, 2010

  • The male from the set of twins born Friday became hypothermic, so I had to bring him inside to warm him up. I am going to put him back out later today (Sunday) when it warms up a bit. Hopefully the ewe will take him back

Sunday, January 31, 2010

  • Attempted to return house lambs to their ewes. Both were rejected. Brought them back inside

Monday,  February 1, 2010

  • Docked the lambs’ tails

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

  • Ear tagged the lambs
  • Moved the house lambs out to their pen in the barn
  • Let the ewes with lambs out. Put the bagged up ewes in

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep

Thursday, February 4, 2010

  • Ewe DH6 had twins, one male (11 lb) and one female (10 lb). The second lamb (male) presented with one leg back, so I had to assist
  • Moved the Icelandic ewes across the street

Friday, February 5, 2010

  • Ewe 1772 had twin ewe lambs, one of which she half rejected, but then reclaimed (one was 9 lbs, the other 10.5 lbs)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

  • Ewe RK1 had triplets
    • One (ewe) was weak and had to be brought up to the house
    • Two were more vigorous (one ram and one ewe, I think)
    • RK1 milks like crazy
    • A day after the delivery, RK1 developed massive scours, but she didn’t have a fever, and a day later the scours started to dry up. The vet prescribed twice a day penicillin for five days
  • Ewe YR22 had triplets
    • One (ewe) was born with beating heart but not breathing. I gave it mouth-to-mouth, but it didn’t work. She died.
    • Two (rams) were born vigorous, although one might get chilled this evening. One of them was a breech — the ewe delivered it herself.

Monday, February 8, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the lease farm sheep
  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep
  • Ewe LB23 had a single ewe lamb and then passed two undeveloped fetuses. The single ewe lamb is big and vigorous, so those fetuses stopped developing a while ago

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

  • Picked up fourteen new pigs and put them in barn over at the lease farm

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

  • Ewe YR55 had triplets, two males and one female. She had a very difficult last few days. She was in a lot of pain and could barely get around. She more or less went off feed and water for the last day or so.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

  • Ewe K18 had twin ram lambs. The second lamb was stubborn and couldn’t/wouldn’t really nurse. I was going to tube him, but then I decided to try to get him to take a few ounces of the ewe’s colostrum from a bottle. That worked. Luckily the ewe was patient with me while I milked her out. By the way, my goat milking experience has really come in handy with the sheep as I have on occasion needed to milk them out for colostrum or milk

Friday, February 12, 2010

  • Released ewes DH6, RK1, and 1772 from their lambing jugs with their lambs into the other group of ewes and lambs. Things went pretty smoothly.
    • Ewe 1772 is nasty and aggressively butts lambs that aren’t hers. But, I got two ewe lambs out of her, so she gets to stay one more year. If, however, her ewe lambs inherited her aggressiveness, she and they will have to go
  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep
  • Put the house ewe lamb out with the two bottle babies in the barn
  • Ear tagged lamb no. 17 and docked her tail

Saturday, February 17, 2010

  • Released ewe LB23 with her lamb No. 17

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

  • Mucked the rams’ stall

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep

Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, 2010

  • I took the last of the barn pigs to the slaughterhouse on Wednesday, so Peter and I started cleaning out the barn on Thursday and finished on Friday. The bedding pack ended up about two feet deep in most places and three feet in others. The barn is only 20×36, so it was only about eight 140-bushel manure spreader loads

Saturday, February 20, 2010

  • Received six tons of large square bales (12 bales)
  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep
    • There was still a third of the previously opened bale. The quality is lower than the new stuff, so I will feed the remaining third to the Icelandics, who are in mid-gestation and don’t need super high quality feed yet

Thursday, February 25, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep
  • Opened a new bale for the Icelandics and the lease farm sheep (took about a third of the bale over to the lease farm)

Friday, February 26, 2010

  • Ewe LB25 had a single ewe lamb. Dystocia: Head only. Had to push the head back in, find a foot, pull it forward, and pull the lamb (couldn’t find the other foot)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

  • Opened a new bale for the home farm sheep

Thursday, March 4, 2010

  • Picked up eleven new piglets

Friday, March 5, 2010

  • Ewe K11 had triplet rams, two died, one survived. The two that died apparently suffocated because K11 didn’t lick off their faces soon enough. Had I been there, they would have survived

Saturday, March 6, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

  • Took the last of the feeder lambs to the slaughterhouse

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay

Sunday, March 14, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay

Thursday, March 18, 2010

  • Bought a ton of 18% hog mash

Sunday, March, 21, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay
  • Started cleaning out the garage

Sunday, March, 28, 2010

  • Opened a new bale of hay

Monday, April 5, 2010

  • Brought seventeen new pigs (all Berkshires, 5.5-6.0 weeks) onto the farm

Thursday, April 8, 2010

  • Moved the little pigs out to pasture
  • Moved the Icelandics back with the replacement ewe lambs

Friday, April 9, 2010

  • Bought two large square bales (opened one of them)
  • Mucked out the little pigs’ pen at the lease farm

Thursday, April 15, 2010

  • Brought sixteen new pigs onto the farm (heritage mixes). Put them together with the Berkshires. Risky, but necessary infrastructurally speaking
  • One of the yearling Icelandic ewe lambs had a small single all black ram lamb. He is not nursing well, so I am supplementing him with milk replacer.

Friday, April 16, 2010

  • The all white Icelandic ewe had twin ram lambs by Sam the Cheviot ram. They are very nice looking lambs, blocky and thick

[Note: Every now and then I am reminded how useful the task and events log is to me, so I am going to try to get back to regularly logging tasks and events]

Sunday, June 6, 2010

  • Moved the baby pigs. Increased their paddock to four sections of electronet

Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • Picked up forty new pigs

Monday, June 7, 2010

  • Moved the little pigs
  • Moved the feeder lambs
  • Moved the breeding ewes

2 Responses to “Task and Events Log 2010”

  1. Thomas Payne Says:


    This site is terrific, congrats! Great job.

    I stumbled in here by accident this morning, after googling the Outdoor Pig Listserve, with which I need to reconnect. I didn’t realise I was coming to your site until I saw your picture in the banner. Then it all came back to me. :-)

    You have come a long way in your quest to be a farmer, Farmer Bob. Proud to know ya’!

    Now I have an advertisement .. I have these piglets to sell:


    If you or any of your readers happen to know of anyone looking, they can write tpayne1103@gmail.com, or call 585-298-2331.

    I trust you are medicating yourself with all appropriate remedies for sore throat, sniffles and the coughing up of gunk. Lisa pours the grapefruit seed extract down our throats, over our strong objections concerning the non-local origin of the stuff. However, it really does seem to work to chase away a cold in short order, so my advice is to keep your grapefruit seeds in case we become more subtropical here in the next coming decades, and you can have your own grove next to the pomigranates.

    Feel better,

    Happy New Year,

    Write soon,

    Cheers and

    Best regards,


  2. wrightstuff Says:

    Any new updates? I’m not seeing anything recent…

    What is the current status of the farm?

    you still here? hope to here from you, and find out how things are going on the farm.

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