How to keep your piggies entertained. Give them a bale of straw to destroy. Once destruction is complete throw a couple handfuls of pig chow on top. They will root around in the straw until they find every last pellet. Keeps them busy and happy for hours.
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Pigs are tough on pastures, especially this time of year. Constant rotation of their pig netting provides them with fresh pasture to graze and gives me an opportunity to see what they’ve dug up. You see, the people who used to farm this land were not stewards of the environment, nor their animals. It has taken years to restore this property and, often times, it feels as though I’ll always be making amends for the many years of baling twine, feed sacks, or other misc garbage thrown out into the pasture. As I am covered in mud, reminding myself…”No mud…no lotus”, I am so grateful to know and be a part of the many farmers who are quite literally and figuratively digging up the layers of past mistakes and making amends to the earth. Farming in a way that is restorative, thoughtful, ethical, and humane.
A bit of our very own 50% grass fed pork tenderloin. We raised these mule foot pigs on 5 acres, part woodland, part grass. We rotationally grazed them on organic pasture and supplemented them every other day with a few pounds of a non-gmo locally grown feed mixture. They ran a lot, squealed a lot, rooted, crunched acorns, rolled in a sloppy creek bed to cool off this summer, and bundled together in the leaves this fall. They were pretty wild, even for a heritage breed. Was great to have them, but also great to see them go. The flavor is out of this world. A leaner meat, so the cooking is a little different. But on my plate, this pork is deemed pure gold. ((swipe left to see the meat color raw)) #nothinglikeit #mulefoot #homegrownpork #morethanpastureraised #letpigsbepigs #hotlinetrained #originalpork #smokeinchimneys
He was so busy, he didn't even know I was there!
@sethjames_7uranch and @liam_allen_double_a_pork have been creating some carefully monitored "disturbance" in areas that are just too stubborn to change. Seed is then thrown on and the difference is pretty amazing. We'll see this spring, what last year's work accomplished!
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This is why pastured pork is FAR better than CAFO pork. Sunshine (translates to higher vitamin D for you!), grass to graze and access to naturally occurring minerals...none of which is available to any hog raised on concrete in a factory farm. Not to mention the low stress and humane treatment that we ensure from start to finish. I don’t throw around the hashtag #pighugsandbellyrubs for nothing. Lots of love, care and attention to detail goes into all we do @phillipsfamilyfarm. Everything from rotational pasture management, providing them with non-GMO feed, to...I kid you not...pig hugs and belly rubs.
This would be the only sunlight an intensively farmed pig might ever see, confined to a shed or a shelter with no access to outside. But lucky for the pigs at our farm it's not intensive. All the pigs are out grazing the paddocks as happy as Larry. Why government wants to change the rules for small free range pig farms and the animals that are benefiting from living a true piggy life is totally beyond me and makes me sad and ashamed to be human. #smallscalefarming
Today we give gratitude for these creatures, as we say goodbye. We give gratitude for their companionship, the lessons they taught us and the sustenance they will provide our amazing customers. Pigs are endlessly amazing creatures and these guys are already missed! (Background music: Tom Petty's 'Wildflowers'.)
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Probably going to lose a few followers but it honestly upsets me so much, especially seeing as I have had to deal with the repercussions of this with Mr Pig and even just when it comes to selling my piglets there is so many people I have turned away because they just want "the smallest one" or people asking me if they can have them from as early as 2 weeks old! #letpigsbepigs #nosuchthingasmicro #responsiblefarming #responsiblepigbreeding #kunekune #pig #walledgardenkunes
The pig barn is a work in progress but we are figuring things out. What works and what doesn't. This batch of piglets is getting weaned this week and going to their new homes the following! We also have 2 girls due very soon which will be the first piglets born here at our new farm. We are getting stalls cleaned out and ready for them! We are behind from last year for getting pigs out on pasture but we need the grass to be long enough to do so. We are almost there! #pigbarn #springishere #heritagepigs #gloucestershireoldspot #berkshire #piglets #letpigsbepigs
A look into the pig barn. It's very much a work in progress still but here where Ricky and Ginny are will be the communal winter area where they will have lots of straw and hay to bury themselves in. This will save our pastures and keep the pigs out of the mud. On the end are 2 stalls that momma pigs will farrow in. On the opposite side of the that wall are 3 of our younger pigs. Everyone else will be moved over Friday or Saturday! Looking forward to farm progess. #heritagepigs #happypigs #letpigsbepigs #berkshire #gloucestershireoldspot #farmlife