Yesterday, we decided that it was time to separate the Mangalitsa piglets from their mommas! The piglets are growing strong and have been eating and drinking on their own for many weeks now and we could tell that the moms have just about had enough of them. The sows have held their weight well, so in time they will breed again and 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days from their breeding date we will hopefully have stripped manga babies again! <<<this means our sows should farrow the end of February/beginning of March! I’m not too nervous about this, because the sows are amazing mothers and build warm nests for their piglets and we are lucky enough to know an Amish man that builds beautiful farrowing barns… without the cost of the middleman! Our wooly pigs do well in colder climates and they are just all around hardier then our other breed. Along with Mangalitsas, we also breed Bershires, but hands down the Mangalitsas are our favorite. We have decided to close the chapter on our Berkshire breed and go 100% with Mangalitsas! There ability to forage is so much better and they don’t seem as needy as the Berkshires. We haven’t had the best of luck with the Berkshires and their mothering ability is pretty pitiful. This is strictly our own observation and that acknowledgement that just because an animal can breed doesn’t mean it should! We are excited to have more Mangalitsas coming soon and of course I won’t forget to share our journey with everyone!!!!