On the homestead there are some amusing lessons to be learned and sometimes you have no choice other than to learn them. These unexpected moments can make for the best stories. I know a few of ours have spread from acreage to acreage in our neighborhood. The tale of the pig who got stuck is […]
The benefits of raising pigs are obvious… Bacon, pork chops, sausage, roasts, hams… Did I mention bacon? The meat ratio for 60% to 75% second only to turkeys. So they are worth the effort, especially with meat prices rising. Pigs are easy to raise, they require the basics: food, water, shelter, and space if you […]
I wish we had luscious green grass for our cow year round, but like most places, we only have green grass for short periods. In winter, we don’t get much rain at all, and our sub-tropical grass species die off with the cooler weather. This is when we need to feed our house cow extra […]
Our experience with raising pigs was a good one. In fact, we absolutely loved having them on our homestead. Our four Berkshire pigs were so entertaining to watch that we soon started referring to our relaxation time on the porch as “pig TV”. The pigs taught us lessons over the spring, summer and autumn and […]
A few years ago I happen to see the movie Temple Grandin and was fascinated by the life of this inspiring woman. Much of her work is driven by the desire to see animals treated well at every stage of life. The importance of this mirrored our own beliefs; showing respect and ensuring that animals […]
When we moved to our homestead nearly 2 years ago, we wanted to get started with rotational grazing right away. The problem was that we had no perimeter fencing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Here is how we got started, despite no permanent fencing.