This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Providence’s Perpetuation Provisions: New Piglets of 2013

Back in June, the Lord granted our pig Lulu to have her litter of piglets! She had 14 in all! — one was dead when we found it, and the other died a few days later. But the 12 continued on, and are all still going and healthy, thanks to the Lord!

Here they are at around 8 weeks, the day before we took Lulu into the butcher:

New Duroc Piglets 2013 - At 8 Weeks Old

And here is a video diary of the entire adventure, from when Lulu met Piggy, the boar we borrowed from the Bunkers, to shortly after the piglets were born, to the day of the picture above:

Once again, we are very grateful to God for granting the safe delivery, the provisions of Lulu and her litter, and for the continued health of the piglets.

— David


  1. zoom

    How do you carry the pig to the butcher? do you have a cattle trailer? How much do you pay there? Here it is $45 kill fee and .50 a pound hanging weight.


  2. Judy

    Wow, Lulu did a great job! Why did you send her to the processor, if I may ask?

    Wish we were closer. We might try to barter for a pig. 🙂

    David says "Hello!"

  3. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Mark,

    Yes, we have a cattle trailer. Our kill fee is quite a bit less, but the per pound is about the same.

    Hi Judy, Hi David,

    Yes, we're grateful to the Lord. I didn't want to have to feed her until butchering season, and in honesty, it's just a little easier, because our big freezer doesn't work anymore and they store it while we process, they cube up the meat so it's ready to go right into the jars, and we get ground products which we couldn't really do right now — we're sort of paying for some niceties and to be able to get done quicker so we can go back to doing other things around the farm, basically. 🙂

    Thanks for saying hi!

    — David

  4. bayougirl

    Thanks for another interesting post. It looks like you have a great pig area with plenty of shade and water. What breed of pigs are you raising? They seem to do well in the heat.

  5. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi bayougirl,

    Yes, over the years, they've really dug out their mud pit. When it rains hard, it ends up being quite the little pond. 🙂

    They're durocs (with a little wild mixed in. They do very well in the heat, as long as they have, like you said, shade and the mud pit.

    Thanks for saying hello!

    — David

  6. Judy

    Actually, I was wondering why you butchered her at all, being such a good mom, though I know many factors come into play (age, etc.) Sorry to be vague. 🙂

  7. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Judy,

    No worries. 🙂

    Well, we were going to try to keep Pebbles and butcher her young, but they got too big and destructive, and we didn't have a large boar, so I switched her back to our usual routine of cycling the sow. And so, with Lulu, I just stuck to the same plan, and since we now also don't have a boar big enough for her now, so any new boar will be closer to a younger one in size than with Lulu.

    — David

  8. Anonymous

    Wow David I was here browsing tractor stuff and ran into your story about your broken tractor
    and got encouraged seeing you give God the glory from so many things
    and your patients the Lord has given you. all of that reminds me who I am in him and that I really need to be a better spiritual leader in my home and get back into the word.
    My wife and I really need to pray and trust him in this upcoming change of life for us as we exit the navy to pursue a more self sufficient life.the plan is to move out west to Idaho. so I do think God has used your broken tractor because through it all you still glorify Him. people see that and are encouraged He is using it to draw folks back to Him even if its just one God bless you David. _scott

  9. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Scott,

    We're always glad if the blog can help. We pray the Lord glorifies Himself through it.

    May God grant you guidance and direction.

    Thanks for saying hello!

    — David

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