Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wake Up Call, News & Ivory + Meat

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Butcher Shop Unveiled – Click for the Big Picture Wow! Waking up this morning and seeing so many backers was an amazing way to start the day! A big thanks to everyone who has been tweeting, sharing on Facebook and … Continue reading

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Launched! Kickstarting the Butcher Shop

Easy short link to pass out to friends: http://SMF.me/k We’re off and running. This morning Hope pressed the green Launch button on Kickstarter’s web site sending our project soaring off into the wilds of the Internet. Last night I had … Continue reading

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Boar Spotted At Restaurant

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Archimedes Pork Cut Chart Last week I was visiting one of our customers, Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury, to get a segment of testimonial video for our Kickstarter project video when I spied a familiar fellow on the wall … Continue reading

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Pig Pile!

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Pig Pile! These piglets are waking in the morning sun. They have reached that state of maximum cuteness. They’re the new cohort in the house garden. This space serves as a paddock for small pigs in the winter months and … Continue reading

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Kickstarter.com – The Butcher Shop Project

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Many people have suggested Kickstarter.com to me as a way to raise funds for construction of our on-farm butcher shop. In July of 2010 I submitted a project proposal to Kickstarter but they turned it down: “Thanks for writing in … Continue reading

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Unpaving Paradise

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Cellar Hole This is not my cellar hole. This is not my mountain. This is further down the valley near our neighbor Red. The spot is beautiful, picturesque in the mists, and I could not resist taking a photo away … Continue reading

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Mineral Deficiencies

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Curly & Mow Recovered and Leaving our Farm The photo above is very remarkable. The fine pigs above didn’t look so fine as grower pigs. After weaning they contracted white muscle disease. What they were specifically missing was selenium. A … Continue reading

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Have Your Pig and Eat It Too

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Biopsy Tool and a Little Bit(e) of a Big Boar Warning: This is a big topic. You can skim this article to get the basics. For more depth, read the comments with questions and answers. For even more, click through … Continue reading

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Hay Consumption

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Piglets, Sow, Rooster on Hay This morning Brian asked on Four Generations of Blackie: When you discuss your annual hay consumption by the hogs, how much do you figure is used strewn around for nests? Do the hogs eventually eat … Continue reading

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Four Generations of Blackie

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Three Generations From one of our top sows we had three generations farrowing all at once recently. Blackie, her daughter Oreo with the white nose and granddaughter Double-Stuff with the black nose produced a fourth generation all within a three … Continue reading

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