Tag Archives: Feeding

Hot Pepper Beer

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Hot Pepper Hops We get a little bit of spent barley from a local brew pub. It makes a nice supplement to pasture and they are right on our delivery route so it is efficient to pick it up making … Continue reading

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Resurrection Pumpkins

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A Pumpkin that doesn’t give up Last night we got our first fall frost. This is remarkably late. We are greatly appreciating this long spell of warm weather deep into the fall. Normally we get frosts in late August or … Continue reading

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Purple Thistle – Grand Rotation

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Purple Thistle (Silybum marianum) I used to worry about thistles and burdocks. That was back before our pigs. The thistles because while they are beautiful they are also extremely painful to brush up against. The burdock because they use our … Continue reading

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Sunchokes

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Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) Blooming The sun is out and strong. Both the one in the sky and all the brilliant sunchokes and sunflowers down the ground that follow their sky Goddess with their faces every day.

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Blue Sky Pears

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Pears in Sky This is a good year for the apples and pears. They’re a wonderful late summer and fall forage for the livestock who clean up under the trees. Outdoors: 74°F/59°F Sunny, 1/2″ Rain Tiny Cottage: 69°F/62°F Daily Spark: … Continue reading

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Pasture Post Pig Grazing

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Pasture Pictured Post Pigs There is the idea that pigs will destroy pasture. This is wrong provided they are properly managed with rotational grazing. Rotational grazing mimics the natural movement of animals over migratory routes and optimizes forage regrowth while … Continue reading

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Feeding Meat

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Cherry Blossoms in Upper South Field Leslie asked in a comment: “Can or should pigs eat meat? I never have fed mine meat, but someone keeps telling me it is fine for them to eat meat. Just checking with the … Continue reading

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Spiked Hay Bales

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Strapped Round Hay Bales in South Arc There are a lot of little tricks to feeding hay like the strapped bales shown above in the open south field greenhouse. Hay bale orientation makes a difference in the speed with which … Continue reading

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Binding Hay

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Hay Binder in South Field Greenhouse I’ve previously mentioned some tricks like hay bale orientation and wrapping bales in wide opening stock panels to control how fast animals break down and use hay bales.

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Improved Feed Digestibility via Probiotics

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Boar Carrying Hay Time to time someone tells me pigs can’t eat grass, can’t eat pasture, can’t grow on a low calorie diet, must be fed grain, etc. Aside from the fact that not all pasture is grass they are … Continue reading

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