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American Guinea Hogs

Smaller size. Guineas usually reach a top weight of 200 to 300 pounds. This size makes them easier to handle on the farm, and produces a smaller carcass at butchering, just right for a single family. 2. Docile disposition. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. More about OUR Guineas: There are many ways to keep hogs. Hog Pens: Our hogs live outside in pipe-fenced paddocks. Free Ranging: In 2010 we allowed several sows to have the run of the 140 acres during the summer and fall.

We hope to allow them to do this again in the future, but need to put up one new boundary fence on our southern property line. Feed: In winter we feed lots of grass or grass/alfalfa mix hay and also some grain. Maveric Heritage Ranch Co. We have been working diligently with our Guinea Hog Herd and have had amazing results.

Maveric Heritage Ranch Co

We have increased our herd and now have breeding stock gilts and sows available. We have great diversity including the small and large bones body type, and several with the curly hair gene. Our lines include Sedgwick, Setty, Hale, Celesky, Biggers, Watkins, Reed, Brown, Keene & Sumrall. We also have several Guinea Hogs who possess the rare “Blue” color gene. Guinea Hogs. Farmer Gra Moore, of Carolina Heritage Farms in Florence, South Carolina, keeps a herd of 80 Guineas in addition to other breeds.

Guinea Hogs

Unlike larger breeds selected to tolerate confinement and fixed rations, the Guinea thrives on forage. “They eat a lot of vegetation that other pigs won’t,” says Moore. On the farm, the Guinea’s compact size makes it well suited to rotational grazing. Raising American Guinea Hogs, Permaculture Voices The Homestead Pig with Cathy Payne (PVP086) Podcast: Play in new window | Download Guinea HogPhotography by Forrest Aguar Photography Guinea HogsPhotography by Forrest Aguar Photography Information on the American Guinea Hog “The Guinea Hog is a small, black breed of swine that is unique to the United States.

Raising American Guinea Hogs, Permaculture Voices The Homestead Pig with Cathy Payne (PVP086)

Also known as the Pineywoods Guinea, Guinea Forest Hog, Acorn Eater, and Yard Pig, the breed was once the most numerous pig breed found on homesteads in the Southeast. Hogs were imported from West Africa and the Canary Islands to America in conjunction with the slave trade. The name Guinea occurs again a few decades later in the southeastern United States, though describing a different animal entirely – a small, black hog common on homesteads across the region. How to Render Lard - Animals. Related Content Rendering Lard.

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Simple Pig Pen Design - Here is a simple pig pen design we had built one year when we decided to get some piglets at the last moment.

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A friend of mine raises them and had asked us earlier in the season if we would be interested in some. I told him we would and totally forgot about it until one day in May he called and asked if we still wanted them. How to Raise Pigs: 12 Steps. Edit Article Two Parts:Housing Your PigsRaising the Pigs Whether you are planning on raising pigs to be sold for their meat, or to be kept as pets, you will need to know how to house them and care for them.

How to Raise Pigs: 12 Steps

Rotational grazing pigs. Weather it was necessity, genius or my old soul rearing its head we chose to let pigs do the work of reclaiming this pasture for us.

rotational grazing pigs

Part of our farm planning when we began in this location began from the understanding that we can only succeed in our husbandry as much as we were willing to invest in soil fertility. That is to say, we understood that from the ground up was the only way to build a real pastured livestock farm that would yield quality, health and still have organic matter left for our soil to be improved. If you have been following our story you are well aware by now the condition of this land when we took over as care takers. It was overgrown with thorns, littered with garbage and what was green was weedy or vines that choked out the pecan trees. We were frustrated but committed and with the help of many people the garbage was hauled away, the vines cut, and the thorns burned.

Some nuts and bolts: with pictures. What equipment do I use for this pasture dance? How to Raise Pigs on Pasture « On Pasture. Pigs on pasture.

How to Raise Pigs on Pasture « On Pasture

The thicker and taller the grass, the more resilient the pasture recovery. 15: Deborah Niemann is a Homesteader, writer and more… Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl Guest: Deborah Niemann Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert.

15: Deborah Niemann is a Homesteader, writer and more…

In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek “in the middle of nowhere”. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Pig Breed Guide. WEB EXTRA: Five Additional Pig Breeds On most farms, pigs are a staple. They are often a hardy bunch, which means care can be more simple than with other livestock, and they are able to dispose of food that otherwise might go to waste. For what you put into raising swine, the payout can be very good in terms of meat production, grass control with grazing, and the overall joy of raising this smart, jovial type of livestock.

In the March/April 2009 issue of Grit, we excerpted a book (Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep Goats Cattle and Pigs by Carol Ekarius, which you can purchase here) to bring you a swine breed guide. Keeping Backyard Pigs - Modern Roots Blog. Pork, it’s what’s for dinner. Bacon, sausage, chops, loin, ribs…what isn’t good about pork? I know, the price tag.

Profitable Methods Used to Heal the Land With Mob Grazing with Greg Judy (PVP045) Podcast: Play in new window | Download This is the full presentation from one of Greg Judy’s talks from PV1. Greg and his wife Jan are farmers from Rucker, Missouri. On their farm, Green Pastures Farm, they raise cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, and chickens on grass pasture in balance with nature. How We Raise Pastured Meats. <span><a target="_self" href="/How-We-Raise-Pastured-Meats.html">How We Raise Pastured Meats</a> | <a target="_self" href="/Our-Products.html">Our Products</a> | <a target="_self" href="/Heritage-Breeds.html">Heritage Breeds</a> | <a target="_self" href="/About-The-Farm.html">About The Farm </a> | <a target="_self" href="/News-From-The-Farm.html">News From The Farm</a> | <a target="_self" href="/Contact-The-Farm.html">Contact The Farm</a></span> How We Raise Pastured Meats Our chickens arrive at the farm as day-old chicks.

We brood them indoors for 2-3 weeks until they feather out and are able to withstand outside temperatures and weather. Our experience with raising pigs for the first time (pigs forum at permies) Hiya all, We raised 3 Berkshire hogs this year for the first time. They were raised free range on organic food, fenced in with 2 strands of 16 gauge wire and a 10 joule fence charger. We used Story's Guide To Raising Pigs as our main source of reference, and bounced questions off the breeder from time to time. All in all, I would say they were easier to raise than chickens, and the meat is unlike anything I have ever tasted.

Livestockbrinkman.ashx. The Myths, and Facts, about Heritage Pork. Google “Heritage Pork” and you will find a lot of blogs, news articles and websites that profess the wonders of “Heritage” breed pigs. The claims about these pigs lead to a lot of wrong impressions and expectations. Pigs on Pasture — Start Farming. Countryside - homesteading - self-reliance - simple life. There was a time when every rural household had a pig or two they were “fattening” for the winter. In just one generation, pigs disappeared from rural America due to the industrialization of the hog business. Hogs are now raised in mega hog houses by corporate farms. Why Pigs Fall Apart on Pasture : Spring Hill Farms. Pasture Raised and Grass Fed on Stony Brook Farm. [Note: I no longer feed organic grain.] To date, I have been raising heritage breed feeder pigs.

Raise Your Own Pigs. Forest-raised pork. The Cinta, and most tribes of pigs for that matter, evolved as generalist omnivores in forested landscapes. Pure Mangalitsa - Pure Bred Blond Mangalitsa Pigs. History of the Mangalitsa Pig. Meet the Mangalitsa, the Hairy Pig That's the Kobe Beef of Pork. Michigan farmers raise furry, Hungarian Mangalitsa pigs to produce the 'Kobe beef' of pork. The Mangalitsa Is The Only Remaining Pig With A Sheep-Like Fleece.

There's an animal you probably don't know... but you're about to find out why you should. Acorn-Finished Pork: An Ancient Tradition. Local Swine Breeders with Tamworth Available. Eating the Belted Pigs of Siena. The Tamworth: Pigs of a Different Color. Italian Pig Tales: Yorkville’s Cinta Senese. Front Porch Farm. Cinta Senese. Cinta Senese, very ancient Tuscan breed of pig. Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Tuscany Blog: The “Cinta senese”: Queen of the Italian Pigs. TAMWORTH SWINE ASSOCIATION - OFFICIAL WEBSITE -  New Heritage Farms - Tamworth Pigs and Pork - Home. NW Tamworth Pigs - Home. THE TAMWORTH PIG — Origin, History, Improvements in the Breed - TAMWORTH SWINE ASSOCIATION - OFFICIAL WEBSITE - Tamworth Swine. Front Porch Farm raising Italian Cinta pigs - SFGate. The breed. Italian breeds of swine: Cinta Senese. CINTA SENESE - THE TUSCAN PIG. The Different Breeds of Swine - Tamworth. Tamworth Pig Breed. Tamworth Gilts, Sows and Boars.

Heritage Breed Pork - Raising Pigs the Old Fashioned Way. Twelve Heritage Pig Breeds. HERITAGE BOOKLET.