Sunday, June 3, 2012

Seeing red

Most of us know that when somebody says "I'm seeing red", they are angry and somebody's in trouble.  But recently, for us here at Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch it means baby bison and baby pigs!     For those of you that haven't seen baby bison, they are born with a beautiful red fluffy coat! 

After about 3 - 4 months, they shed that red coat and begin growing in their brown coat for the cold weather ahead.  
Right now however, seeing red in the form of the ever playful baby bison is something we just can't get enough of.  Two boundless bundles of energy are frolicking in our pastures right now - one bull (boy) calf and one heifer (girl) calf.  Mommas Bessie and Buffy are doing a great job of rearing our next generation of bison.  Come on out and see them and bring your camera!

Seeing more red in the form of our heritage breed Tamworth hogs has also proved very entertaining!   We've raised a couple of feeder hogs the past two years and this year we decided to go "whole hog".  Raising the American icon bison also led us to look at other heritage breeds.  Tamworths, originating in Ireland are a true heritage breed that's not found on every hog farm, but it is gaining popularity.  Part of that popularity is due to this hogs ability forage and thrive on pasture.  Another reason is this hog's well earned reputation as the king of bacon hog!  They also raise large litters and are known for their excellent mothering skills!   Doesn't that sound like a winning combination?
Like every baby farm animals, our pigs are cute and very entertaining!    With our red hogs, our red baby bison as well as our red rabbits and chickens, everywhere we look on our farm this spring we're seeing red.  And we couldn't be happier! Make your way out to the ranch and see red for yourself!

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