Posts Tagged ‘hogs’

As a lovely spring week comes to a close, we are thankful for all the good things that have happened. Ripening Peaches This week we harvested our first peaches of the season! Many more are ripening on the trees. It’s been years of watering, pruning, and otherwise taking care of these trees as they grew and […]

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We JUST received a call from the processor that our latest batch of pork is ready! We’ll pick it up from the processor tomorrow morning, and it’ll be for sale during our farm store hours 12-4pm tomorrow. We are so excited to be fully stocked on pork once more! Come get your favorite cuts before […]

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Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

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Last Week to Order Hog Share!

This is your last week to order a hog share as reservations must be in by this Friday, April 7th. Visit our hog share page now to place your reservation!

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It’s spring! In typical springtime fashion, temperatures are about freezing this morning, but we should have a high of 64 today. As the weather warms up, our outdoor chore list is exploding. We have so many exciting things to do, and finally the weather is nice enough to do them! Here are the adventures from […]

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This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

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The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

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The adventure of this week was when one of the American Guinea Hogs escaped from the pen! On Wednesday morning I looked out the window to find Hillary rooting around the front yard, right outside the house. Let’s take a quick look at how this happened and what I did to fix it. The Back Story […]

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday 12-4pm This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, which means the farm store will be open! Come by to get some of our delicious pork! We also have duck eggs on sale, 10% off this Saturday only. Piglet Update: They’re Eating Solids The piglets are a month old […]

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It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

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We’ve had pigs for a few years now, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Today I’ll share some of the characteristics of pigs that we take into consideration when constructing housing for them. On the next two Mondays I’ll follow up with posts detailing the two types of pig houses we use! Come […]

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It’s been another week of enjoying our blessed life here on the homestead. The winter season is a time where the pace slows a bit, we can actually complete everything on the “to do” list, and have a few minutes to savor it all. Here are some things we enjoyed this week. Delicious Pork We […]

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Pork Is Here!

We just picked up our two hogs worth of pork from the processor this week! Many of you have told us how you have been waiting for us to have pork in stock again.  So we are happy to make the announcement today that we will have all of our pork products for sale this […]

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Snow! This morning we awoke to our first snow of the season. A pretty dusting of snow added some charm to the morning chores. We’re thankful for what has been a pretty mild winter so far! Our two types of pigs had very different views on this snow. Our American Guinea Hogs were out of […]

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New Pigs We recently welcomed seven new pigs to the homestead. We acquired these pigs to provide you with more delicious, farm-raised pork in 2017. We take pride in offering our customers an alternative to the factory farmed meat in grocery stores that perpetuates a system that isn’t healthy for the animals or the people […]

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Ear Tagging Pigs

I have a new method of ear tagging pigs that I can’t wait to share with you! This past spring I wrote about tagging pigs in our piglets series. Everything in that original post is still true, except now I have an update on how to tag older pigs! Let’s say for whatever reason you don’t […]

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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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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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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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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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