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!
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.
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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Research! Time to get a couple more books, like this one and this one.
- 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!