Pigs

What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
June 26, 2019 · · Pigs

One common question I get is “What can pigs eat out of my garden?” The short answer to this question is pigs can eat pretty much anything, and a better …

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
June 11, 2019 · · Pigs

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 most recorded breed …

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
June 7, 2019 · · Pigs

While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs raised with good …

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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig

By Roger Sherfield – 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 …

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 14, 2019 · · 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 …

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
May 4, 2019 · · 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 …

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The Big Adventures of Piggy Smalls

By Justin Thaxton, West Virginia People say pigs are smarter than dogs. I don’t know if dogs should be flattered  by the fact that their kind is the standard by which …

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KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Kathy Petersen – 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 …

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Sow care during gestation, farrowing and lactation is the key to healthier piglets. When piglets have a strong start in life they are more likely to thrive, develop quickly, and …

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Tools for a Successful Electric Pig Fence
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

The old adage goes: a fence should be horse high, hog tight, and bull strong. In a homesteading lifestyle where livestock is raised, quality fencing is of the utmost priority. When …

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How to Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Filling your freezer with homegrown pork is one of the most gratifying experiences when it comes to homesteading. The initial cost of equipment when getting into pig farming, however, can get …

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An Academic (and Organic) Approach to the Mulefoot Hog
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Cherie Dawn Haas – When Bill Landon and Sharyn Jones, of Pleasant Ridge Hamlets in Kentucky, chose to branch into the unknown and begin raising the Mulefoot hog in 2015, …

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Saving the Meishan Pig and Ossabaw Island Hog
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

The Meishan and Ossabaw pig breeds are two very dissimilar breeds. They are both at a critical juncture in their history. While one breed is from the United States, the …

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Raising Piglets: Ensuring Your Little Ones Are Born Safely
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Jodi Cronauer, Patton, Pennsylvania – Springtime! The time of rebirth, awakening, and babies! For those of us raising piglets, this is a time of little ones running through the fields and …

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Free Range Pig Farming on the Homestead
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Al Doyle – With free-range pig farming, you’ll be raising your own high-quality meat. Like other home-raised food products, meat from a homestead hog is far superior in texture and …

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