A Farmer’s Perspective: June 22, 2019

Asher Wright stands in field with cows

The Inaugural Post 6/22/19

By: Asher Wright
As the week comes to an end I wanted to take the time to send you an email updating you to all the things we have going on on the farm. I’m planning on sending one of these out each week at the end of the week to keep everyone in the loop. I’ll miss a week here and there throughout the year but will look forward to getting you all this weekly update.
On occasion I may be compelled to write the farm update in beautiful prose but typically I will use a bulleted format so you can quickly read the highlights of what is going on.
  • Farrowing has begun! What’s farrowing? Well, it’s the verb for when a female pig (Sow) has babies. We have 3 litters on the ground and 2 more expected for this farrowing cycle. The sows are up by the berries, each with their own house, bedded with straw, to keep those little buddies cozy and comfy. This group of sows is called “The Rowdy Bunch” because some of the moms are quite protective. Please do not approach the pens if you go visit, you’ll see why if you do 😉
  • We just finished processing our 3rd batch of broiler chickens. Batches 4 and 5 are in the field and Batch 6 and 7 are in the brooder house by the farm core. Our birds are dressing around 5.7# on average now.
  • The Cattle herd is split into 2 herds with the Brood Cows and their calves down at Rutherfordton and the yearlings and finishing beef cattle up in Fairview. We just sent 6 beef animals to the processor this week which also included a couple of animals for the North Asheville Tailgate Market, our customers will be thrilled. Thanks to the recent rain and cold front and these great cool season pasture growing conditions, the forage ahead of the cattle is looking good!
  • The U-pick berries have begun with 2 successful picking periods behind us. Last week and this week has yielded about 43# of berries so far.
  • The farm crew has been working hard doing daily chores, maintaining the grounds, weed whacking the berries, upgrading the apple sprayer, repairing and servicing the bush hog, organizing and cleaning out the shop, hauling pigs and cattle, and much more. If you see Eli, Josh, Walker, or Ian around, thank them for their hard work! They are doing great.
  • Last but not least, we opened up our grower pigs into a new fresh pig paddock that’s approximately 2 acres. We will be rotating them to different paddocks (slices of a field) in the Sawmill pasture every couple of weeks.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, and until next time…