Hog Farming 101

When Pigs Won’t Eat: Keeping Show Pigs Growing

When Pigs Won’t Eat: Keeping Show Pigs Growing

Summer has arrived in Michigan. It’s been in the nineties here for the better part of a week. And, like any time it’s hot in the middle of June and July, I’ve spent a not-insignificant portion of that time begging pigs to eat. Contrary to […]

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9 Frequently Asked Questions About Pig Farming

Over the past couple of years hundreds of thousands of people have landed on this blog after searching for information about pigs, pork and farming practices. What the record of that traffic amounts to is something of a social pulse. The exact questions that bring […]

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Raising Pigs: Why We Use Pastures And Pens

Recently pastured meats have become quite popular. It’s not just pork either, “grass-fed” which is a different but similar label for beef and lamb products, as well as pastured and even “vegetarian” versions of poultry have been hitting shelves in increasing numbers. Due to the […]

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The Birth of a Pig: Pictures & Video

Most of our litters are born in the middle of the night. And I certainly can’t fault the sows for it since that’s when I delivered both of my kids, too. It’s quiet in the middle of the night, it’s cool in the middle of […]

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Space for Swine

Last week a commenter left a good question on our 6 Rules for New Pig Farmers post. So good, in fact, I thought it warranted a response in blog post form. And since we’re currently in the process of expanding and adjusting our own pen […]

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When Pork Chop Meets Bacon

Lacking both opposable thumbs and a knack for the finer things in life, swine are not prone to a proper handshake and a gentle greeting when getting to know one another. Far more often they hurl themselves full tilt at one another, lower their heads, […]

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6 Rules for New Pig Farmers

Whether you’re taking on the task of a couple of feeder pigs in your backyard to feed your own family or trying to start your own small hog farm so much of success lies in the details; the little things than no one thinks to […]

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So You Want to Raise Pigs

It’s that time of year again: feeder pig time! If there’s anything I love as much as raising pigs, it’s getting others hooked on raising pigs. I’m like a drug dealer who deals exclusively in swine. And it works because the pigs themselves are like […]

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Farrow to Finish: Eaters and Explorers

Remember when these were tiny and pink and adorable? No more. Our farrow to finish pigs are pushing three months old now and growing rapidly. Because they were a winter farrow they’ve grown a hair coat since moving from the weaning shed to their outdoor […]

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When a Pig is a Hog (and When It’s Not)

When we were in Ethiopia Gabby pulled me aside at one of the stops and asked the difference between a pig farmer and a hog farmer. It wasn’t until she pointed it out that I realized how often I use the terms interchangeably, especially in […]

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