Posts Tagged ‘meat’

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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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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Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

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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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Happy Friday! We’ve had such wonderful weather the last few days. Who would imagine it’d be over 70 degrees in January? I know more character-building cold will come, and I’m fine with that. But I will enjoy today. Pork is Here! We now have a freezer full of pork from the two pigs we took to […]

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On Monday I posted about how we updated our rabbit tractors by installing feeders. You can see a video of our tractors here. Another change we recently made to the tractors was removing the door to the “house” part of the tractor. We did this because we never closed the door, so it was always tied […]

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A while back we adapted our rabbit tractors for winter use. Read about those changes here and here. Elevating the tractors increased the occurence of what had previously been a minor issue: the rabbits flipping their feed dishes and spilling all the feed. When that happened and the tractors were on the ground, it was […]

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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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This fall we’re experimenting with a rabbit colony setup. This experiment is ongoing, so we cannot yet say whether or not it’s successful. One nice characteristic of the colony, though, is that we can quickly feed and water several rabbits at the same time. To feed the rabbits, we made a rabbit feeder comparable to […]

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Dispatching Rabbits

We’ve had some questions about how we dispatch rabbits when processing them. We’ve had a lot of success with the method detailed in this YouTube video: We’ve found this method is quick and humane. Additionally, it requires no special tools as long as you have a broomstick around. I hope this helps those of you […]

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In Part 1 I gave an overview of our rabbit grow out practices in the growing season, and profiled a rabbit breeder’s choices for growing out rabbits in winter. Here I will detail the grow out method we are using this winter. This winter we are using our portable rabbit tractors as grow out pens […]

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Winter presents a number of challenges on the homestead, one of which is how to grow out rabbits. Today I’ll explain our grow out method for the growing seasons, and what we do in winter! When grass is growing, we grow out meat rabbits or replacement breeders in portable pens we call rabbit tractors. To learn […]

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We all have situations where we need to keep things cold. For some of you, that includes transporting home your farm fresh herdshare milk! For that situation and many others, I highly recommend flexible ice sheets. Here are some that are a great value. We bought these about a year and half ago, and they’re […]

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Today we continue our piglets series with some insights on feeding and watering growing pigs. Pigs grow so fast that any missteps in feeding and watering can have dramatic consequences. Too little feed can permanently damage a pig, while too much can lead to plenty of issues, too. That being the case, there’s a lot […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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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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We are offering a Raising Rabbits class this Saturday from 10am-12pm. Come learn all about raising rabbits! This class will be relevant if you’re interested in having  rabbits as pets, showing, doing 4H, or raising your own meat. Get hands-on experience with handling rabbits and performing basic care. The class will include an optional rabbit processing […]

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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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Goats 101 Class Saturday June 18 at 10am We are offering our Goats 101 class again! Come get hands-on experience with goats, and learn about daily care, health care, milking, and more. Raising Rabbits Class Saturday July 9 at 10am In the Raising Rabbits class we’ll cover all the basics of raising rabbits: housing, feed, breeding, and […]

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