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Lonesome Star Farm from LILLIAN, TX
Lonesome Star Farm

Farm Name: Lonesome Star Farm

Year Farm Established: 2011

Location: Lillian, TX

Years I’ve been farming: 2 years

Animals I raise: Heritage and Rare Livestock
Kunekune Pigs. Proven to be great pets and some genetic strains offer outstanding pork.


Crops I grow: None besides green cover crops in the winter

Hobbies I enjoy: The art of breeding livestock
Educating people about the importance of heritage livestock in this day and age


Club/Associations memberships: Web: LonesomeStar dot com

American Kunekune Breeders Association

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

Local Harvest

Slow Food USA

North Texas Dairy Goat Association


The proudest moment on my farm: Every morning as I live my dream.

Pets: Our cat Emily that's older then our tween kids!

Farm Motto: “You Do What You Believe.”


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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Hello!
Thanks for the warm welcome. Good info here, exactly what we are aiming for! :) God bless!

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11/15/2012 09:59.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks Animal Place
I do feel my main goal is to educate the public just as much as sell meat or kunekune pig pets. How often does one fine a pig that can fatten on grass alone? Very low feed costs and a delicious pet or meat pig that is super nice and hearty to heat and cold temps, etc.
You make me want to buy some local produce from my farmer's market. Great stuff! Take care,

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11/09/2012 06:44.46 PM Report This Comment  
  I commend you for seeing the importance of heritage breeds. I also identify with Slow Food USA.

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11/09/2012 06:03.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Well our son saw some with wattles and just could not get over their color either. But then was disappointed that if we showed them they would be put in an AOB class and it would be like his 3/4 red wattle mixs and find the judges asking dump questions like....."are those tumors on their face." go figure.

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11/08/2012 10:13.05 AM Report This Comment  
  kunekunes
As long as there are less than 6 pigs per acre, they are not too bad on the pasture. Of course, using rotational grazing methods, organic grass seeds, and supplemental hay (if you wish to) all help as well.

These great heritage pigs also do not eat the roots or root up the pasture for their snout is small and made for grazing the grass tops, not usually pulling up the grass from the root. They're grass pruners!

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11/08/2012 07:33.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Kunekune Pigs are they easy on the pasture? How is their temperment?

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11/07/2012 01:05.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Welcome

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11/06/2012 12:06.02 AM Report This Comment  
  The Dependent Triangle
Lonesome Star Farm was created for 2 reasons: 1)To promote heritage livestock’s beneficial characteristics as an excellent alternative to commercial livestock in temperament, meat quality, their ability to graze on grass which lessons (or outright removes) costly feed bills, and are more tolerant to weather extremes & disease. 2) We were also created to further show that 3 parts of a Dependent Triangle in modern agriculture using traditional methods could be successful if managed properly similar to this and adhering to a sustainable approach.



3 Parts of “The Dependent Triangle”:

1) Heritage Livestock Raise heritage & rare livestock that are 100% grass-fed or including some organic grain and high protein hay. Lonesome Star Farm currently has Kunekune pigs which are a hearty medium-sized pig whose heritage quality means they are typically disease resistant so no harmful antibiotics are used and they forage for their own food. Unlike other pigs, Kunekune pigs can fatten on grass alone thereby saving the homesteader significant amounts of money each year. They’re temperament is very friendly, they’re gentle on fences, and their ability to fatten on grass alone is increasing their popularity grow each year even though they have not been bred in the USA until the last 10 years for the most part. Last, versatile Kunekune genetic strains offer beautiful pets as well to complement many types of homestead operations. With just a few big corporations using just a few types of pigs for the nation’s food supply, the time is now to diversify with a natural and tastier alternative to this monoculture business model.

2) Native Grass/Hay Kunekune pigs won’t thrive without a healthy free range field to frolic in containing ample organic hay or ideally native grasses. Lonesome Star Farm carefully maintains a balance between the livestock’s need to graze the grass and keeping our 80+ year old native pasture from becoming a West Texas dust bowl. Native grasses are important for they are disease resistant & drought tolerant unlike some modern farming techniques like here and here. Also, every month gives us beautiful & diverse flowers to enjoy, some of which we can not identify. Rotational grazing and keeping fewer livestock per acre (no overcrowding) are but 2 ways to keep the pigs and grass “happy & healthy” together.

3) Lonesome Star Farm is mentioned last of the 3 parts for God creates the livestock and germinates the seed so we just orcherastrate these amazing instruments from God. Of course, we do our part too! For example, plant organic rye seed as a green cover crop for the winter, use the science of breeding to further the beauty of the pet Kunekunes and the well-marbled meat of the meat Kunekunes while maintaining a pure bred and natural animal.

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This approach Lonesome Star Farm is cultivating is but one solution for “Slow Food” to be successful. It takes longer to attain the perfect sized pet or meat livestock

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11/05/2012 03:03.08 PM Report This Comment  

 



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