In Consideration of Pigs…

It’s official – We are considering pigs on the Faulk Farmstead!

 

I know what you’re thinking – “Don’t you have enough on your plate already?”  Yup, we actually do.

 

But we LOVE our pork.

 

And we LOVE to raise our own food.

 

So it seems like the obvious thing to do!

 

But still, there is a slight hesitation…

 

I will be honest, though: It doesn’t help that my blogging buddies keep sharing pics of adorable piggies!

 

Piglets recently made their appearance at The Browning Homestead.  Ashley and her family raise American Guinea Hogs, a heritage breed that we are seriously considering.  They are a smaller breed that forages well – Which is perfect for us, as we don’t want to feed our pigs any sort of commercial feed.   Her latest post tells of how raising pigs teaches her (and her children) perseverance and patience.  Hey, we could ALL use some more of that!  She also has a soft spot for her boar, Johnny Appleseed – who is pretty dang endearing if you ask me!

johnny
Johnny Appleseed – www.thebrowninghomestead.blogspot.com

Erin over at Blue Yurt Farms wrote another great article that summed a lot up for me: Pastured Pigs: What We’ve Learned.  Note to self: Have hubby read this.  😉   And when she speaks of the best bacon of her life – coinciding with this picture?  I’m kinda sold.

www.blueyurtfarms.com
www.blueyurtfarms.com

Then there’s the Tamworth pigs, raised by the folks on The Farmstead.  Their recent farrowing brought the birth of Kitchen Pig – the endearing, cuter-than-all-get-out babe that spent the first part of it’s life in their home.  The Tamworth pigs are another heritage breed that we are giving consideration, however they do get much larger than the AGH’s.

kitchen pig
Kitchen Pig – www.olyfarmstead.org

So bottom line here, we are considering a heritage breed, narrowed down to these two – The American Guinea Hog and the Tamworth.

Our next steps?

  1. Look at our land and determine where would be a good location for the pigs – I am thinking somewhere that has both pasture and woods.
  2. Decide on what type of shelter we will provide for them.  I am hoping that per past experiences, a pallet structure would be easy, but am unsure if it will be sturdy enough.
  3. Research!  Time to get a couple more books, like this one and this one.
  4. Do we want to raise one or two for meat right off and make sure it’s what we want to do?  Or do we invest in a breeding pair or breeding trio and just go for it!?

Stay tuned as we look into this further!  Another adventure!

**This post is a part of a new happening here on the Faulk Farmstead — Farmie Fridays!



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4 thoughts on “In Consideration of Pigs…

  1. GO FOR IT!!! Pigs have been hands down my favorite meat animal to raise. Of course, we went with feeder pigs, and I kinda like that route since it’s less expensive and you get a time out afterwards to really reflect on whether you liked having them or not. But it really depends on how far you have to go for the breed of your choice. We have so many people breeding pigs around here, I’d rather just support them!

  2. I think the TV series Victorian Farm on PBS or TV Ontario raised Tamworth pigs. They seemed very mild mannered. No, a pallet fence will not be strong enough. We raised pigs and they regularly go under and through their fencing, esp. in the fall when they wanted the apples under the neighbors trees. And I would suggest you barter for a couple of piglets to raise and see if it works for you before investing in a breeding program. Just my two cents worth 🙂

  3. Anytime we move to bring a new animal onto the farm we start with just run of the mill, no special breeding, to make sure we enjoy that animal. Our first pigs were just regular ol’ weaners from a local farm. I recommend doing exactly the same thing. Pigs have a steep learning curve but sure are a lot of fun 🙂

    1. Rachael –
      My husband and I actually had that very conversation this morning. Thinking we will just go with a weaner to start. Right now, we are just trying to figure out the fencing first!
      🙂

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