Tag Archives: Feeding

Winter Hay Composition

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Sample of Hay Click for Big Picture I often get asked about the exact composition of hay we feed. Since we don’t cut our own hay but rather buy it in from several other farms I don’t have control over … Continue reading

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Pig Weed a.k.a. Amaranth

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Amaranth The tall deep red colored plant in this photo is one of several varieties of amaranth. It tastes a bit like spinach. Also visible in the forground is a green variety. This is commonly known as pig weed.

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Winter Sows

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Sows in Winter Garden During the warm months our pigs graze on about 40 acres of pasture using managed rotational grazing techniques that we originally learned with our sheep. This produces most of their food from the land, distributes manure … Continue reading

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Brassicas Endure

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Brassica Stub The pigs tend to eat the leaves of kale, cabbage, broccoli and other brassicas during the warm months, leaving the roots to continue growing. A good sustainable practice. It’s mid-November and these are one of the things that … Continue reading

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Pomace Party

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Hope with North Field Herd at Pomace Party One thing that we sometimes have for the pigs is apple pomace, the crushed remains of apples after making cider. Some natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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Brassica Blooming

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Brassica Blooming I think this is a broccoli but I’m not sure as all I took was a photo of the flower rather than a taste. Amazingly it is still blooming in late October.

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Fall Foliage 2014 – Hay’s Here

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Morning Mists on Marsh Fall Foliage Fall foliage is here. This morning the colors were very bright. This is looking across the marsh field to the marsh with it’s rising mists in the low climbing sun.

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Moo Cow Sow

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Moo Cow Sow chewing her cud… Occasionally some miss-informed individual tells me that pigs can’t eat grass, can’t eat hay, can’t thrive on pasture. When I relay this message to my sows it sends them into spasms of laughter which … Continue reading

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Sows Migrating North

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Two Sows in Pigs on Clover Earlier this month we weaned the south sow herd and rotated 38 of them north to Spitz and Whitey’s domain for breeding. About a dozen were already bred by Spitzon and Tamboarine so they … Continue reading

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One Day of Rotational Grazing – Shoats

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Shoats in New Paddock These are shoats, small pigs after the weaning stage. They’ve been rotationally grazed through the weaning paddocks, just completed the lower garden paddock for its fall gleaning and are now moving into the next paddock. What … Continue reading

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