Archive for the ‘Hogs’ Category

Many people have come to the homestead to visit the American Guinea Hogs. Those with small acreages or new to homesteading tend to find the breed more approachable than conventional pigs. Recently I found this article by Mother Earth News that provides a lot of insight into American Guinea Hogs. For those considering the breed, […]

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We continue our piglet series where we highlight the care of piglets. Today we’re talking about ear tagging piglets. Why Why would you want to tag a piglet? Because you don’t want to tag a full-grown pig! If you think you may ever want a pig tagged, tag the pig as a piglet. Trying to hold and […]

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This is the second post in our piglets series where we detail how to care for piglets.  Today’s topic: castration! One tough thing about raising pigs is the meat from males may get boar taint if the male isn’t castrated. There’s mixed information as to whether or not American Guinea Hogs develop boar taint. Even if you […]

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Piglets Part 1: The Basics

We recently added 5 piglets to the farm, so we’re starting a short series of posts on how to raise piglets! Read on for the first installment. We had 3 pigs born in September which will be harvest size this fall at 1 year old. We wanted more pigs, though. One reason was that we […]

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If you currently cook bacon in a skillet on the stove, I am about to rock your world. Are you ready for a new way to cook bacon that’s easier and cleaner? Where the entire package of bacon cooks while you prepare the rest of breakfast? Here is the secret to tomorrow’s breakfast success: cook the […]

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The worst part of keeping pigs is moving them. It seems there’s no perfect strategy one can implement to have hassle-free pig moves. We have some strategies that help, and some that were recommended that were a waste of time. We’re sharing what we’ve learned so you avoid moments like this one, where Harley has a […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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Weathering the Winter: Pigs

Here’s the latest in our Weathering the Winter series where we profile how we take care of our livestock in winter. Today we talk about our pigs! Our American Guinea Hogs are pretty hardy, and there isn’t too much special care they require for winter, but we do make a few management changes. In warmer weather […]

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Here’s an overview of the livestock carrier we made for our truck bed. It works very well for transporting goats and pigs. Retail livestock carriers for truck beds cost several hundred dollars, and take up storage space when not in use. Our carrier was constructed for about $100 in supplies, and folds flat for storage. […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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We took a few videos of our new farm additions to share with you. The first is of our new AGH piglets… Here is a video of our new goat kid nursing as well as cameos from our other yearling does…   This last video is kind of a blooper video showing how you can […]

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We experienced a couple new births on the farm this week, our first goat birth and our first American Guinea Hog birth! Our first of two pregnant hogs farrowed six piglets the same day as our first pregnant American Alpine doe kidded her first doeling! Here’s a video of the newly born piglets: The piglets […]

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One of the benefits of our natural farming methods is that our animals benefit from livestock diversity. This is a perfect example, chickens wandering into the hog pen in the woods to forage and help pick pests off of the hogs!

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Our hogs live out in the woods where they are able to forage and live natural happy lives. This video shows them enjoying some freshly opened territory!

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Over the winter when there is little to forage on in the woods, we supplement the hogs with non-gmo swine feed. This video shows the instinctive reaction hogs have to all feed at once. It is fun watching them enjoy their meal time!

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Our herd of American Guinea Hogs enjoy foraging in the woods. This video is an example of some of our younger hogs rooting through the woods. This foraging and rotation through the woods gives the hogs a very healthy mix of food and avoids health problems found in commercial hog operations. The difference in the […]

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Guinea Hogs Foraging

Our American Guinea Hogs live the good life! They spend all day foraging in the woods. When they’ve cleared out one spot, we rotate them to a new one. Typically we use electric fencing for rotational pens in the woods, but in this video we used hog panels instead. Check out the big pigs in the […]

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Goat Kids We have an adorable addition to the homestead, two goat kids! They are Alpine does, which we purchased from George’s Mill Farm. If you’re wondering why their ears look green, it’s because they were just tatooed before I brought them home. The lighter colored one was born on March 9th and the tan one on […]

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It’s been another chilly week here on the farm! While it feels like spring may never come, I remind myself that this cold weather means less pests will survive winter and be around to cause trouble in spring and summer. More Goats! This past week we added two more goats to the homestead! First I picked […]

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Even though it’s winter, we’ve been very busy around the farm! Here’s a summary of just some of the activities from the past few weeks: New Dairy Goat! Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I have a livestock problem. If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have heard us say 2015 is […]

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For about a month now we’ve been experimenting with a fodder system for feed. It’s still in the experimentation phase, but I thought I’d share our results so far. After some research, we decided to play around with growing barley fodder. It could lower our feed costs, plus we really like the idea of having […]

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Hog Update

Our American Guinea Hogs are doing great! They’re about 4 months old now, and steadily growing. They enjoy many treats that supplement their organic feed, the most exciting of which seems to be pumpkin! We picked up a bunch of pumpkins from a local farm after Halloween, and the hogs have enjoyed their pumpkin treats! […]

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As we enjoy the cooler fall weather and prepare for winter, there have been a lot of fun happenings on the farm! Whiskey found a butternut squash from a volunteer plant that must’ve grown from compost.   Apparently butternut squash is Whiskey’s idea of a dog treat! We have also seen several walking sticks around. […]

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Hog House!

As the weather cools off, we had to make a hog house to shelter our young hogs over winter. Internet research provided our basic design, a right triangular prism with a triangle 6ftx4ft, and a bottom 6ftx6ft. Building details below: First I collected some 2x4s we had leftover from previous projects. Then I marked them […]

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