Monthly Archives: February 2009

Question: Pastured Pork Pricing

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Walter lecturing north field pigs about economics and social systems… Two days ago in comments Christian said… Greetings to a fellow pasture-raising-heritage-breed-pig farm! My wife and I love following your blog. It looks like you have your work cut out … Continue reading

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Molly the Good News Dog

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Molly with meatThis is Molly. She is the newest addition to our pack of dogs. The others are all livestock guardian herding dogs (LGHDs) who protect and herd our pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese. Molly is showing potential and … Continue reading

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Deep Snow 2009

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Dog House BuriedSoon after I wrote about the dog house in the snow bank we got a lot more snow. 26″ all in one quick dump. The dog house is now just a dark tunnel into the snowbank. All the … Continue reading

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Eating With Your Mouth Open

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Mouse & Piglets EatingMaybe it looks cute when you’re little but there is a reason your mother told you not to eat with your mouth open. It makes you look like a pig, Mouse. Oh, wait, she is a pig, … Continue reading

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Dog House Snow Bank

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Snow Buried Dog HouseThis is admittedly a rather fancy dog house. Our livestock guardian dogs use it, sometimes, but I don’t believe they appreciate the elegant architecture or craftsmanship that went into making it. Truth be told, I wasn’t making … Continue reading

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Jade Plant Bloomed

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Jade Plant Blooms in Slow MotionI’ve had Jade Plants (Crassula ovata) almost my entire life. They are perhaps one of the first plants I tended, given to me by my father as a leaf to root. All this time I … Continue reading

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Pork Cut Chart Poster T-shirts

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Click the image for a larger graphic with readable text. It is always interesting when you get a surprise hit single. I made the chart above originally for my own purposes of studying the cuts of meat on a pig. … Continue reading

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Winter Chicken Coop

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Snow Birds – Sugar Mtn, Mt. Knox and Butterfield in background.Chickens don’t particularly like winter. They survive it. Winter is something to get past until spring’s warm weather brings an explosion of black flies, mosquitoes, gnats, house flies, worms, tender … Continue reading

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Winnie’s Winter Piglets 2009

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Winnie with Winter Suckling PigletsPiglets have been popping out all over this past month. Yesterday showed Mouse in the south end shed. This is Winnie up in the first den on the strawberry level by the south whey trough. Like … Continue reading

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Piglet Time! Piglet Time!

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Mouse with PigletsNo, that is not the small furry rodent type mouse. This Mouse is one of our sows and weighs more like 700 lbs or so after she has farrowed. Maybe more. She has twelve healthy piglets there in … Continue reading

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