We just love everything about the Berkshire pig — so we decided we would raise a breeding pair and produce heritage-breed piglets. Berkshire pigs are gentle enough to pasture with other animals and can be trained to harness/lead.
Tim Rohrer talks about what he's learned while managing the pastured pigs at Joel Salatin’s farm and shares a few things to consider before purchasing your own pigs.
So, the gals are on their way to New Hampshire to pick up heritage cows, and so far, it's going smoothly — but there are bumps in the road ahead, so hang on! (Spoiler alert: They all made it home fine: two cows, two pigs, and two galls.)
The farm hasn't had cows in 50 years — but Kara wanted cows. Not any old cows; no, a special heritage kind. nd where were these cows? In the mountains of New Hampshire, half a continent away! Time for a road trip to pick up and transport livestock in winter!
The importance of providing the correct minerals in your pastured pigs diet.
One couple explains how they've settled into the daily feeding and care of their American Guinea Hogs. This post details how they "weighed" the hogs and determined what and how much to feed this heritage hog breed.
One couple is raising hogs to “till” and fertilize their future garden space, as well as produce healthy meat and lard.
Spring is filled with babies of all kinds, but some of the most adorable are baby piglets. These are even more cute when they are running around on green pastures. But what about weaning time? This article will explain some of the easiest and best options when weaning your pasture piglets.
Learn how Sugar River Farm's winter pig herd turned out, along with a low stress method of pig moving and spring preparations for upcoming chickens and ducks.
How big of a priority are good animal handling facilities?
Wintering pigs outside is both fun and rewarding, if you plan accordingly. The most important aspect for pigs wintering outside is that they have adequate shelter and protection from the weather and cold. Water and proper forage, even during cold months, are also important.
Kristen and Dan overwinter their first herd of pigs in Newport, N.H. Learn how we care for them, including fencing, feeding and shelters.
The last week at Polyface. We spent a lot of time processing turkeys for Thanksgiving, moving pigs to their fall corrals gathering firewood and tending to fall crops.
Week thirteen of my Polyface Farm summer internship brought two high volume chicken processing days, lots of chicken catching, moving pigs and catching a loose steer.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
Instructions for a quick, easy and affordable method of building portable shelters for your pastured pigs
Another season of pigs and the work of raising, feeding and butchering them in the urban setting.
Pigs can be a great source of healthy and humanely-raised meat in an urban setting thriving on the leftovers of humanity.
When done right, you can reduce your feed costs by up to 75 percent - even after taking your fuel costs into account.
In this excerpt from Fair presenters Hank and Karen Will’s new book, Plowing With Pigs and Other Creative, Low-budget Homesteading Solutions, they’ll show you how to add small grains to your plot.
Summing up pasture data where it relates to chickens and customizing land to better suit poultry and their behavior and stomachs. Measuring oil viscosity levels and rescuing a trailer with a portable winch were some of our favorite things.
An average day of juggling responsibilities on the farm
From pig to plate, learn how to make homemade sausage patties grandma’s way and use rendered fat for more cooking.
Keeping feeder pigs over the summer is a good way to use garden leftovers and produce great tasting home-grown pork!
Small-scale local meat producers are teaming up with mobile slaughterhouses to make local meat more sustainable, accessible and affordable
Root in the dirt in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Hog butchering was a common farm chore done in the early winter. It provided much of the family's meat in the wintertime. It provides healthful food, exercise and a wonderful experience of community.