Pigs

Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
May 25, 2020 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy.

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 15, 2020 · · Pigs

Just like any other type of livestock, pigs have three basic requirements: food, water, and shelter. Compared to other animals, housing for pigs can be fairly minimal as long as it protects them from wind, rain, and the elements.

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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig

The hardest part of getting that homestead hog from pen to freezer is the part that most people don’t like to talk about: —harvesting. While using such words may soothe the conscience of some, it avoids the hard truth.

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Raising Piglets – Off to a Successful Start
May 2, 2020 · · Pigs

Your first time raising piglets is about to start. The sow you cared for is ready to farrow. When the sow begins to ready for farrowing pigs, she will stay more to herself.

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Raising Spotted Pigs: Gloucestershire Old Spot

 We love raising pigs for meat, so I was excited to try a new pig breed. One bite of that succulent pork roast, and I knew I was on to something.

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
April 28, 2020 · · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners.

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
April 15, 2020 · · Pigs

In 2017, I raised two pigs as an experiment. I wanted to see how much work and cost goes into raising feeder pigs. The final cost of the pork was much lower then what the supermarket charges and the taste of the meat was superior.

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Amazing Mangalitsa! Pigs for Sustainable Farming
April 14, 2020 · · Pigs

Mangalitsa pigs are hardy, disease resistant, and adaptable. They thrive in free-range systems, being excellent foragers and skillful mothers. They make the perfect workers on homesteads and sustainable farms.

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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
April 13, 2020 · · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig breeds makes them an ideal protein to raise on a small farm. If you are ready to take on the project of raising pigs, learn which of the pig breeds is right for your family.

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What Not to Feed Pigs

As important as it is to know what to feed pigs, it is just as important to know what not to feed pigs. Raising pigs on your farm or homestead is a rewarding experience.

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
April 1, 2020 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth …

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
March 18, 2020 · · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they can be, were weaned, and fed for a few weeks (and even months in some cases).

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
March 16, 2020 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its …

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How to Start Pig Farming Today
February 29, 2020 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Marc Burdiss – I’ve always wanted pigs and been curious to learn how to start pig farming. I’ve never owned pigs, never even was a close …

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KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed
February 19, 2020 · · Pigs

KuneKune pigs are making their way into small scale farming operations across the country. You may ask yourself what makes these pigs so special … the simple answer is everything!

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