Swine Musings

Farewell, Axel

One of the most gratifying things about raising kids on a farm is that, as they get older, they prove they’ve been paying attention and in some cases know even more than you do. The older a boar gets the more risk there is that […]

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On Sows, Bellybutton High

One nice thing about the summers we’ve been having lately, is that while wet, they are also cool. Temperatures in the seventies and eighties are the norm, and, aside from a day here and there, we’ve not really even had too much of that stifling […]

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Monday Miscellany: Wise Old Women

I hadn’t realized how old Bridget was looking until I snapped this picture of her chattering at me. She’s always quick to meet me at the gate and usually has something to say. She’s one of our sows who consistently weans 100% of her pigs, […]

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Saturday Swinetacular: Pork People Like, circa 1956

Recently I wrote an article for Modern Farmer on The Rise and Fall of The Great American Hog. This video was not the least of the bits of inspiration that went into it so I thought it might also be a good piece of vintage […]

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WPX ’13 Road Trip: Days Two & Three

I’m not sure why I overestimate my capacity to work while traveling, but my ambitions for writing from the road are always a drastic overshoot of my actual ability to do so. I’ve already been home and am gone again, typing this from the first […]

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Name The New Kid Contest

For reasons that would probably be better covered in another post, we sold our Large Black Boar earlier this spring and have been endeavoring to replace him ever since. I knew what I wanted and will be perfectly honest in saying that I’m not entirely […]

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It’s National Pig Day. Celebrate!

Happy Pig Day, everybody! I’m sure you probably already have raucous parties planned, elaborate family vacations under way, and stacks of cards to hand out to your friends, but if you’re still looking for a way to celebrate here are a few ideas: 1. Eat […]

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On Swine, Gender Lines, and Doing That Which Makes You Happy

Doctors use pig parts to replace worn human ones because, anatomically and biologically speaking, pigs are rather similar to humans. They’re not all that closely related to humans, that distinction goes to the apes who are known to use sticks as ant straws, but spend […]

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