Pigs

Amazing Mangalitsa! Pigs for Sustainable Farming
April 6, 2021 · · 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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Permaculture Design for Pigs, the Farmer’s Friend
March 29, 2021 · · Pigs

Including pigs in your permaculture design saves labour and provides healthy exercise and a varied diet for your hogs, leading to overall better welfare and tastier products.

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KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed

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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Raising Piglets – Off to a Successful Start
March 15, 2021 · · 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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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown pork to fill your freezer.

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Raising Idaho Pasture Pigs
February 25, 2021 · · Pigs

The new pig in the pasture! The Idaho Pasture Pig breed has taken the homesteading community by storm this year.

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
February 25, 2021 · · 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 in registries, and a common hog found in many pig farm operations.

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Raising Piglets: Ensuring Your Little Ones Are Born Safely
February 17, 2021 · · Pigs

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 nursing in the sunshine.

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American Guinea Hogs
February 8, 2021 · · Pigs

American Guinea hogs could be the best choice for homesteading families. The all-black, small-sized hog is a champion at foraging for food and requires little to no additional grain feeding.

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
February 2, 2021 · · 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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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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Wintering Pigs on Pasture
October 19, 2020 · · Pigs

What could be more fun and exciting than seeing a group of pasture piglets running through the warm, green grass of summer? Not much in my opinion!

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Raising Spotted Pigs: Gloucestershire Old Spot
October 18, 2020 · · Pigs

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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Cold Weather Tips for Raising Hogs for Meat
October 7, 2020 · · Pigs

Cold weather requires some planning for any homesteader raising hogs for meat. In the area of proper nutrition, thought and extra effort must be given to available supplies of fresh ice-free water at all times for all classes of hogs—the piglet, the weanling, growing/finishing, gestating and the lactating sow.

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
September 16, 2020 · · 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 wean easily.

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