The Stock Show’s New Arrival(s)

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This mother pig, or sow, is part of the National Western Nursery (NWN), a new exhibit at the 107th Annual National Western Stock Show that lets people see brand new animal babies and maybe even wat

This mother pig, or sow, is part of the National Western Nursery (NWN), a new exhibit at the 107th Annual National Western Stock Show that lets people see brand new animal babies and maybe even watch them being born. It also teaches people about farm animals and how they live.

The sow raises her eleven-day-old piglets in a pen bedded with straw open to the public to ooh and aah as her children run to and fro squealing almost as much as the crowd. The babies seem small but that is because with pigs, the larger the liter, the smaller each piglet. These piglets are, for now, drinking their mom’s milk, but will soon start eating more solid food such as a corn and soy mixture. On this diet, within a year each piglet will weigh around 300 pounds, Alison Seedorf tells the small crowd. Ms. Seedorf is the Vice President of the Colorado FFA Association (Future Farmers of America).

Though the piglets seem to be the main attraction at the NWN, there are also pens with alpacas and goats. In the alpaca pen is a mother and a baby, but the “baby” is almost the same size as the mother! The baby is six months old and is bred for its soft pretty wool which is a mix between hair and fur.

The goat babies, called kids, are two months old and are all huddled together in a corner with a heat lamp. The two females, or nannies, in the pen each had twins, which is typical for goats. The kids are already great climbers; they were scaling the hay bale in their enclosure as if it were a peak. The NWN opened on Friday and will stay until the Stock Show is over on January 26.