Posts Tagged ‘hogs’

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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Weekend Update

This was a busy weekend on the farm! We have a lot of livestock for sale and have been busy helping customers get started with their homesteading projects while maintaining our own homestead! Our lawn had been getting pretty overgrown recently because our tractor, which we use to keep the grass trimmed, has a bent […]

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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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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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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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This spring and summer were our first on the homestead, and we are very happy with how much we accomplished. We were able to begin producing some products to sell, chicken and eggs, but primarily this year was a foundational year of laying the groundwork for various endeavors. Meat Chickens In the spring we raised about […]

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Are you familiar with the Slow Food movement? It was started in the 1980s as a reaction to the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome. People had enough of “fast food” that comes at the expense of health, taste, and culture. Now, Slow Food is an international organization whose mission is “good, clean and fair food […]

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Here are our three new hogs in their new pen. The females which are a couple of weeks younger and hence smaller than the boar were able to squeeze through the gap where we attached the gate to the goat panels so we purchased these new hog panels this weekend. The hog panels are shorter […]

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Hogs!

Exciting news this weekend on the homestead farm! We found a perfect opportunity to get into raising hogs, so we visited two farms in the area and came home with a brand new breeding trio of American Guinea Hogs! We’ll have a follow up post soon with more details about the hogs we picked up […]

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