Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Long Night, But Good News

Our sow delivered 14 piglets.  One hadn't fully developed, so it was dead on arrival. 

Since this was our first time with pigs we had someone stay with them through the night, in the event the sow would  accidentally crush any of her babies.  It worked well, but everyone is very draggy today. 

I had to get Jim up and running at 4:15 a.m. in order for him to drive to Bismarck to see what he could do to sway the opinion of legislators who voted unanimously in committee to send SB 2150 for a vote.  This terrible bill would lower compulsory school age to 6 and raise mandatory school age to 17.  The change may not sound like a big deal, but it certainly is.   North Dakota has some of the strictest laws in the nation concerning homeschooling, and our legislature seems bent on giving us laws that are even more intrusive.   It's been a rough legislative session for the homeschooling community.

Jim took our camera loaded with piglet photos to Bismarck, so it may take a while before I can post any  of them. 


Marci said...

Did you have to have someone come and do AI, or do you have a boar?

Lynn Bartlett said...

Last fall we purchased a young Berkshire boar named Zorro. I'm thankful he did the job, and hopefully our other sow is also pregnant. I am amazed at how destructive hogs can be -- their shelters need a lot of repair.

Kelle said...

Congrats on the piglets, how wonderful for you and your family. The piglets( IMO) are ugly until about a week old, then they are adorable.

Adding Jim and your home schooling community to our prayers. Montana again seems to be at it again with bill( a compulsary one here as well) on proposed bills with some regulation to home schooling. It was like this 3-4 yrs ago, and the home school community in MT over flowed the capital and all the proposed bills we dropped or out and out killed. I don't understand, other than the loss of federal $$ why they keep making such an issue about home schooling, home schooled children have proved themselves time and time again!
We'll be watching for those piglet pictures.