Sleeping Summer Feeder Weaner Piglets
We just weaned piglets last week and have caught up with the backlist of reserved piglets so feeder weaner piglets are available to buy and raise up over the summer months.
These piglets are six to eight weeks old – robust and already had a good start on pasture. Depending on the diet you feed they should be ready to butcher in November to December. They can be kept right into winter if you prefer to add more marbling for an excellent charcuterie pig. In early winter is a good time to slaughter as the butcher’s schedules start to ease up then. See the Piglet Page for pricing and details.
If you would like some delicious pastured pork but don’t want to raise your own then see the Pork Page for whole and half pig options or visit the local stores and restaurants that carry Sugar Mountain Farm pastured pork in Vermont. If you would like to order directly from our farm for a whole pig, a half pig or a monthly CSA box you can contact me via email. You can pickup here at the farm or get delivery along our weekly route here in Vermont. I have two openings in mid and late July for whole and half pigs and am booking pigs into August through fall as well.
Another Sleeping Weaner Cohort
An interesting thing about these two photos is it shows the natural cohort size of piglets of this age group, about six weeks, out on pasture. These are weaner pigs which have just come off the sows. Each of the above groups is eleven piglets. That’s fairly typical for when they’re allowed to behave naturally. I tend to see them in groups of seven to twenty with about a dozen being the most common. Even though there are about 30 in this weaning paddock, they break themselves down into smaller sub-groups like this – a natural cohort size.
This group has been in this paddock for about a day and then at the end of the next day they moved to the next paddock in the weaner grazing rotation. This area is planted with soft grasses, legumes (alfalfa, clovers, trefoil, vetch, etc), brassicas (rape, kale, broccoli, turnips, etc), millets, amaranth, chicory and other forages. The brassicas, legumes, chicory and amaranth are some of the first things the piglets eat but they also start munching down on the grasses the first day too. They’ll move on and then about three weeks later the paddock will be ready for another rotation. Off to the left you can see the next paddock where they’ll go tomorrow.
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