From Our Farm to Your Table

Blog entries for Carole Soule

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Bucky the Boar Strikes Back

As he hovered over Charlotte, my 800-pound “pet” sow, Bucky lunged. I felt his hot breath as he snapped at me with his tusks stopping short inches from my hand. Bucky, a normally well-mannered boar was being protective of Charlotte who...

Piggy Tails

The pigs were bouncing through the cow pasture barking at the turkeys and snorting at the calves. It was a delightful, happy scene except for one thing. These little piggies were escapees from their pig pasture across the road and...

Quarantine after the Hopkinton Fair

When I returned from the show ring with my oxen on Monday night the crew was already packing up our barn at the Hopkinton Fair. I was exhausted and the cattle were ready to go home but we all had to wait until the posters, wheel barrow...

Packing for the Hopkinton Fair

The cow washing is underway, horns are polished, and we've moved into the Hopkinton State Fair grounds for Labor Day weekend. If my cows are at the fair, so am I. This is the third year for my “cow sleep over”...

"Cow Wash" for the Fair Season

It's time to setup the “cow wash” to get ready for the Hopkinton Fair which is almost here. The hair I clipped off my shaggy Scottish Highlanders in the Spring has grown back enough to collect dirt and it will take loads of soap and...

Hemmingway goes to Boy Scout Camp

Hemmingway, a yearling Scottish Highlander, went to “summer camp” this year. I mean “real” summer camp. He was at Griswold Scout Reservation in Alton where he was brushed, walked, hugged and loved by the boy scouts for eight weeks. The...

Two Piglets are Saved

Update: These two little wiggly piglets are now in their own house in the barn yard.  Come on by to bottle...

A Calf is Born On The Farm

The Scottish Highlander calf showed up Sunday morning about 6 AM.

Bucky the Boar is a Concerned Father

The piglet was stuck under a fallen tree branch squealing to be released. Bucky, our seven hundred pound boar, was doing his best to lift the branch off the unhappy piglet but with only his snout to work with was not having success. For...

Quills and a Curious Cow

The quills were firmly stuck in Zeena's face as we loaded her in the stock trailer for the trip home.  Zeena was in one of our remote Barnstead pastures when she was attacked by a porcupine. We had to get her home where we had the tools...

Piglet Integration into the Litter

Chipmunk, the sow, jumped to her feet, growled and grabbed Herman tossing him into the corner. Herman, a piglet injured at birth, had been away from his mom while he recovered from a birth injury. The skin on...

NASCOW Racing? Is that a Thing?

After two hours in a windowless, completely closed 12×12 box on the NASCAR track Clemy, a Scottish Highlander Miles Smith Farm cow who was sharing the box with me, was ready to leave. That morning at 7am Bruce had driven the stock...

Flies Can Kill a Calf

Even though I had washed several times, two maggots were squirming on my smartphone screen as I called my vet, Christina Murdock. A Highlander calf, born five days earlier, had an army of maggots on her back and legs which we were...

To Catch a Cow

The dirt road shimmered under my feet in the dark as if walking...

More Piglets are Born

Pinky was building a nest at the top of the hill. She pawed the ground and piled up sticks and grass on the bare patch of dirt. We had been waiting about two weeks for Pinky, our second pregnant sow, to give...

More Pig Drama

The three black baby pigs fought and squiggled into position until each latched onto a bottle nipple and started sucking. It's been two weeks since I became a “piggy momma” and I'm still...

What it Takes to be a Pig Mom

One of the piglets scurried back and forth on the floor, another tried to leap twice his height into the box holding the milk while the one I was...

The Cow Spa is OPEN!

It's Spring which means the Cow Spa is open! It's time to clean up the clippers, sharpen the scissors and schedule spa time for the cows and steers.

Cows in the Cemetery?

Sarah was in labor so I brought her to the holding area where I could keep watch. Sarah is a Scottish Highlander cow who had given birth to a lively, healthy calf last year. She was the first of our cows to...

What's that Buzz?

Every year, about this time, the three heritage apple trees in my backyard burst into blossom. Some years they whimper into spring with just a few buds but this year there is an abundance of blossoms. With...