Raising pigs on your homestead can provide quality meat for your family and can be an enjoyable experience. Before you dive in though, you should really educate yourself about what to expect while raising pigs and how to prepare for their arrival first.
Could our farm animals being doing more for us in return? We need to look at “the pigness of the pig and the chickeness of the chicken” as Joel Salatin puts it. Instead of working against each farm animal’s natural instincts, why not have those instincts work for you instead?
Caul fat is the membrane that surrounds the intestines of pigs, sheep, and cows. It can be used to wrap lean meats, roasts, sausage patties, and all sorts of sides including rice and vegetables prior to cooking. It helps your dish retain moisture while imparting a bacon-like flavor to it. In this article, I will […]
Pigs get a bad rap as being smelly, dirty, destructive — and on and on. And truthfully if they’re not done right, they can be all of those things. Pigs, perhaps more than any other species, need adequate space if you don’t want them to stink to high heaven and live in literal slop 24/7. […]
…and then there was that time we brought home our feeder pigs and they got scared and ran right out the barn door that we’d forgotten to close. Oh, sure. It’s funny now. Read the story of how we finally caught up with them.
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 […]