Monthly Archives: January 2014

Prickly Reminder of Summer

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Blackberry Bramble Thorns I am working on electric in the initial cutting room of our butcher shop and I actually ran out of parts. I had been informed I had bought up all of the electrical conduit and non-metallic outlet … Continue reading

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Cole Ward Book: The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat

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Hope with her copy of Cole Ward’s new book on Meat Cutting Master butcher Cole Ward’s new book “The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat” arrived in the mail today!

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Measuring Pigs with a Stick

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Walter Wanding Pigs Hope snapped this photo of me counting pigs. I’m using my magic pig wand. The stick is a snip of brush I cut to a known length of 48″. Walking around through the crowd like this with … Continue reading

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Underhill Sow Shifting

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Underhill Sows Today we shifted sows and gilts out of Underhill and up to the Plateau winter paddock. They had been in with our Tamworth boar, smaller Blackie line boar and MainlinexSpitz boar Spitzon. They’ve had two breeding cycles and … Continue reading

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Spider Web Hoar Frost

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Hoar Frost on Spider Web Seen in the South Field Shed. Pig breath rises upward. Freezes on cob web filaments, and wooden beam splinters.

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Low Snow

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Low Snow So Far Contrary to the media feeding frenzy it has not been a particularly hard winter nor have we gotten a lot of snow as was ominously predicted by certain almanacs. Getting a blast of arctic air is … Continue reading

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End of Winter Piglets

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Spits and Ladies We have had seven litters in the past ten days. There are two more to go. This is a surge as we near the end of the winter litters. We purposefully separated the guys from the gals … Continue reading

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15,011 Comments

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15,011 Comments Wow! As some people have noted the subscribe link and some of the other features in the right sidebar are missing. I was having some trouble the other week with my WordPress blogging software and had reverted back … Continue reading

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Fricon in Butcher Shop

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Fricon in Office This week we got the Fricon fridge, our chest refrigerator, into the office. During our initial butchering we’ll be using our existing chest freezer and chest refrigerator. This lets us get going without having to build the … Continue reading

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Apple Sorter

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Apple Sorter At the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont they have all sorts of interesting old machinery on display. Cold Hollow actually presses cider right there as you watch – it’s not being shipped in from Chile or … Continue reading

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