Are you considering raising pigs for meat? Not sure where to begin? Raising pigs can be difficult, but it can also be profitable and rewarding in many ways. I’ve raised pigs for a large portion of my life. There are many reasons to raise pigs, but whatever your reasons are, you need to have a […]
Pigs produce up to 10 pounds of manure each day. That’s so much pig manure. Every. Single. Day. This means that pig manure adds up fast. What should you do with all of that pig manure? If you have pigs, you need to make sure that your are managing that manure properly. Read on to […]
As an animal scientist, agriculture teacher and hog farmer, I get asked questions about pigs all of the time. If you have pigs on your farm, odds are that you (at some point) will be expecting piglets. If that’s the case, then you will find yourself with a pregnant gilt or sow as well. In this […]
We really love this breed of pig, they are such wonderful mothers and excellent foragers. They don’t need much as they hardy and quite resistant to illness. A Mother will often build a nest in the forest to Farrow her young in, then come back a week or so later with a litter in tow. […]
There’s always big projects and small projects on the homestead. It often bothers me that we have a 1,000 things going on and nothing is ever started and finished in one big swing. But I’ve learned that the farm is ALWAYS bigger than the man and it’s best to be flexible if you want to […]
Rotational systems are great for your pasture and livestock. But providing shelter for shade and bad weather can be a challenge as the animals move from field to field. Here’s a list of pros and cons, as well as pictures of our own mobile shelters in use on the farm.