Heritage pigs are great for pasturing, but they pack on more fat than feed-efficient breeds. As long as you know what to do with it, fat can be a very good thing.
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.
Planters and seeders perform the same function for different crops. Here’s what you need to know to use the machines safely and at maximum efficiency.
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.
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.
Stress takes a high toll on farmers at all levels. We tend to our crops, animals, family and land. But we need to care for our own mental health as well.