An update on CocoBeach Farm
The quail are starting to hatch. A miscommunication saw them set 3 days later than the chickens. One of the dangers of not being able to speak a common language. So I am expecting chaos in the display case on Monday.
All the extra steel for the gates and farrowing pen arrived yesterday along with the sewage pipe for the piggery. As we are replacing our house roof I decided to re-use the newer pieces on the piggery rather than buy thatch. The piggery has half walls so there will be plenty of ventilation. I can use the $250 for the thatch eleswhere.
I have confirmed the extra workers for the week to help with the welding. We have one Farrowing pen complete, a second tack welded and needing a full weld finish and the third is just a pile of pipe and angle bar. We will also make the 12 ft truck delivery gates on the side of the property that enters my father in law's place. I am also modifying the livestock cage for the trailer to make it permanent and have to do repairs to our main entrance gate - rust is a mortal enemy of ours.
The day after Christmas we have arranged for the nephew of Dado, our contruction guy, to interview for the position of sponsored student helper. Hopefully he will have a good grasp of English. As college is taught in English, its really important to be able to have more than a rudimentary conversational level of proficiency. If successful, my proposal will be an employmeny/sponsorship contract. He will get a full ride scholarship to an Ag college in a BSc in Animal Husbandry with a minor in Agrenomics. He will be required to work 4 hours each week day and 8 hours on Saturday for which he will be paid a stipend. During summer he will work at normal rates. On completion of the degree he will have a commitment to work for us for 4 more years at prevailing salary.
The endevour to get a "fancy" boar has been fruitless. The breeder for the pietrains wants $1150 for a 50% pietrains thats 5 months old.
At that price I am not doing it. I can get 6 doses of fresh boar semen here for a quarter the price and get a stack of future breeding stock. I just need to get it air freighted to Anaheim on the day i fly out. The junk is good for 7 days at 8oC and i could get 3 different boars - a duroc, pietrains and maybe large black. I am not in a rush so I am ok with it taking a few years to develop the true breeding stock I want. In the meantime we will use a Landrace.
We are looking for weaned guilts - pig 4, pig 5 and pig 6 before Christmas and then pig 7, pig 8 and pig 9 arround Valentines day.
The fence is progressing, The projects are going.
I fly out in 8 days