Back in the bush

Grimm close-up

Grimm close-up

This has been a pretty open fall for us, weather-wise, this year and our Tamworth boar, Grimm, has been more than happy to take advantage of it.

We opened all the field gates for now to give the cattle a quick once-over of the stockpiled back pasture fields before the snow comes to stay.

Dexter catttle in the fog

Dexter catttle in the fog

For the past two months and until just recently, Grimm has been choosing to spend most of his time in the bush at the rear of the farm. He will gorge himself all day on all the mast – fallen apples, beechnuts, acorns, and so on. With a lot of pretty warm nights – and all that backfat for protection – he has been sleeping back there too.

This is his favourite spot, on a flat, sunny location up from the banks of Mink Creek. I took these photos about 10 a.m. one foggy morning a few weeks ago. He was sound asleep. He awoke to the sound of the dog and I; he grubbed around for about 10 minutes and then went back to sleep.

Farm dog May in the bush

Farm dog May in the bush

With snow and cooler temperatures this week Grimm is back sleeping in the main barn.

Tamworth boar Grimm rooting for nuts and apples

Tamworth boar Grimm rooting for nuts and apples

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