The phrase is borrowed from the Slow Food movement, and it reflects a desire to pasture-raise breeds that take longer to reach market but have advantages over the industry’s choice.
Boars grow some big tusks, and while many farmers choose to trim them, some don’t. Performing the task correctly can keep you safe and your hog healthy.
Pigs need less predator protection than other livestock, but they need to avoid the sun. This shelter system provides important shade when the sun is high and hot.
If you have farm animals, euthanasia will probably come up at some point. Here’s what to consider before the difficult decision presents itself.
The manure lagoons flooded by Hurricane Florence show that pigs produce a lot of waste. Managing manure correctly on small farms is key to protecting waterways and gaining valuable fertilizer.
Toxic plants appear in many forms in pastures as well as landscaping. Learn some common ones and how to keep your livestock safe wherever they are.
For some farmers, docking piglet tails reduces biting that can cause pain and lingering effects. For other farmers, though, it might not be necessary at all.