Pigs, pigs, pigs!
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Pigs, pigs, pigs!

We are SOLD OUT of CHICKENS and RABBITS until late May 2014, and are SOLD OUT of DUCKS, GUINEAS, TURKEYS until Nov 2014.
Limited beef, lamb and pork still available.

Pigs, pigs, pigs!  This time of year (winter) our sows are birthing piglets that will be ready for pig roasts during the Memorial Day to Labor Day summer event season!  There are very few farmers in our area raising pigs on grass.  There are even fewer farmers raising heritage breed pigs.  Ever try to buy a whole hog for a pig roast?  They are hard to find, especially grass fed and finished.

We raise Tamworth pigs, and they are very good mothers, teaching their piglets to graze and build nests.  Our pigs are fed grass hay and fodder sprouts, and they also are in garden areas or pasture paddocks so they can forage, digging and grazing as they go. Because our pigs are raised and finished on grass, it takes them 6-7 months to reach 'butcher weight' versus conventional farms achieving a full hog in 5 months on processed feed.  We think the extra time is worth it to provide naturally raised meat. Piglets born in the spring and summer will be processed late fall/early winter for our customers' freezers.

There is a lot of talk about not keeping sows in confinement as they give birth and nurse their piglets, which are typically weaned at 4 weeks, and put on medicated feed at that point.  We have a 'separation' set-up in our sow huts.  This allows the mothers great freedom to move, turn around and lay down.  A separation panel provides a safe area for the piglets to lay under a heat lamp to keep warm away from their mom, and prevents them from being squished accidentally by their mother when she lays down.  They can run back and forth between the sow and the separation area, getting to nurse, and then sleep under heat as they need.  At two weeks, the door to the hut is opened for both sow and piglets to go outside during the day, weather permitting, and then they are locked back in at night, together.  The piglets stay with their moms until 8 weeks, when they are weaned and the sow is re-bred.  At 8 weeks, the piglets have transitioned to a fodder diet, topped off with jersey cow fresh milk when we have extra.  We do not give our piglets any medicated feed, as they nurse the full 8 weeks getting the anti-bodies and nutrition they need from their mom.

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