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Why choose GOS pork?

  Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs are a heritage breed.  The breed began in England and arrived in the US in the early 1900’s.  By 1990, the breed was nearly extinct in the US as pork production changed from raising pigs outdoors to indoors.  GOS are known as pasture pigs, which means they do well outside foraging.  In 1995, a…

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A chore that pays

We don’t believe in allowance.  Allowance comes across as entitlement.  Just breathing results in money.  Not in our household.  You work to earn money.  (Can you tell we are fans of Dave Ramsey?)  Our first grader is often asking what she can do around our house or farm in order to get paid.  Sometimes we respond with “No, you don’t get…

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Roasting a Whole Pig

In our quick service culture, it seems that harvesting our own meat is becoming a lost art.  My great Uncle Lewis describes how when he was a boy growing up over 70 years ago his family slaughtered their own hog every year.  There was no grocery store to buy a pack of pork chops.  There was no drive through…

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Why would anyone put pigs in the front yard?

Yep. If you drive by our house, you will see two pigs in our front yard. We are going to roast a pig next week. Here are the facts: I have this thing about not wanting animals to see each other being dispatched.  We always dispatch the poultry in the front yard.  Is it just coincidence our neighbors stopped talking…

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Don’t mess with a mama’s instinct

Gabby had her first litter of GOS piglets and it was an adventure.  We patiently watched as she showed the signs of pre-farrowing.  We didn’t have an exact due date on her but we had a rough idea.  Once milk was literally dripping out of her teats we knew she was close to delivery.  It happened that our toddler…

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Maggie’s (and our) first farrowing

I am passionate about (human) child birth.  The fact that a body can grow babies is incredible.  I am a proponent of letting nature taking it’s course and not intervening unless medically necessary.  Ask me one day how I delivered a 9 lb 11 oz baby without drugs.  I could talk for hours!  Naturally, as time came closer to…

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Current animals on the farm

We are officially on summer break, which means we have more time to just lollygag around the barnyard.  Between all the animals and the mud puddles, the girls can play until the sun goes down.  Good times! Our barnyard is ever evolving as far as animals go. Here is a brief breakdown of what we currently have: 5 baby turkeys,…

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GOS Pigs on Pasture

Our heritage breed pigs (Gloucestershire Old Spots or GOS) are meant to have time on the pasture.  We use electric netting to rotate them into new pasture every so often so they can continue to root and graze.  Opening up new pasture is like sending your kids to the ice cream bar!  It is fun to watch.  I swear,…

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Making piglets

We’ve owned our boar, Abraham, and our gilts (girl pigs), Maggie and Gabby, for months now.  They have been too young to breed so we’ve kept them separate and abstinent until this weekend.  Which meant we needed to move a large boar through two pens, through a pasture, into a barn, and through a gate in order to make acquaintance…

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That didn’t work

  As with life, farming projects don’t always work out as we envision.  We wanted to move our young pigs into fresh pasture.  All the books say they will stay inside electric fencing.  Our first set of pigs had a fence that was really three fences-electric, hog panel, and a row of pallets for good measure.  These younger pigs have…

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