Tag: Hog Farming

Monday Miscellany: So Many Things

Every time I go longer than usual having not blogged here I feel like I have to explain. Life, pigs, small humans, outside writing work; the song is always the same. I’ve taken on some communications work for AgroLiquid, a fertilizer company whose world headquarters […]

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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: This Little Piggy

5piggys002I have (what may be) an unhealthy fascination with old children’s toys, books, and pictures. They always seem so odd at first, like they’re not at all fit for children. But then I think about how the children’s toys, books, and shows of today would probably strike the people who lived back then. In a competition for most ghastly and garish kids’ content I’m fairly certain we’d win.

At any rate, this print dates back even further than most I’ve found. It’s a Victorian era print depicting the “This Little Piggy” nursery rhyme.

According to Wikipedia “This Little Piggy”, or “This Little Pig” as they say on the other side of the pond, was first published in its entirety in 1760. It also says the version that has the third little pig having roast beef instead of jam and bread is considered the modern version, but that’s clearly a slab of beef tucked under the middle pig’s forearm and I’ve seen several other vintage prints with the roast beef prominently displayed. I suppose when it comes to nursery rhymes “modern”, like “beauty”, is in the eye of the beholder.

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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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New Pen Progress: Slow, But Steady

First: Measuring, marking, and re-measuring. I could dedicate an entire tome to the mistakes I’ve made in founding this farm, the things I’ve had to learn the hard way. Sure, some due to lack of available resources before I set out to do it myself, […]

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Space for Swine

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 infrastructure Chris’s question — “I was wondering what your recommendations for pen sizes?? And how much room do pigs need??” — really couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

The best pen size for rearing pigs outdoors largely depends on four things: the number of pigs you’re raising in the pen, the shape of the pen, the footing in the pen, and the size/life stage of the pigs. (more…)

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More on Improvest & Small Farms

One of the things I love about the agriculture industry is the passion and personal pride people have in their work. I don’t think I’ve run across anyone who is not all-in in their work. Ag is not a job, it’s a deeply rooted passion […]

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

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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Farrow to Finish: The First Month

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Much has changed since we last checked in on our Farrow-to-Finish litter.

By the end of the first month those cute little pigs begin to look a bit more like hogs; widening, thickening, and developing an evil eye for anyone who enters their weaning shed uninvited. We still think they’re rather adorable, but the physical changes are undeniable. (more…)

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On Innovation & Castration: What Say You?

I think, sometimes, when consumers first hear about hurdles that face the agriculture industry they tend to think there’s nothing being done to address those hurdles. Rather than viewing how things are done now as a snapshot, a moment in time in a rapidly evolving […]

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