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Naw, not a ranch, we just have delusions of grandeur.
It's a microfarm in Lebanon, Oregon.
Slice of heaven.
Cougars, coyotes, deer, bald eagles, turkeys.
Pigs of the edible variety. Cats.

Pasture pigs on a warm afternoon

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings."

–Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass and  What Alice Found There (1872)

News

4 IPP piglets in the trailer

Meet the class of 2024

By Nancy Hildebrandt | February 28, 2024

In my last newsletter I said, “As a farmer, one learns to accept with grace what nature does to plans.” Yep. The only thing that sentence was missing was how often it happens. The plan for this year was to raise Berkshire pigs as usual, but just four of them because of the uncertainty about…

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Pig in front pasture

Are your chops happy?

By Ira White | January 5, 2024

by Ira White I like to buy my meat locally and it’s nice when one can also visit the farms where it is raised. I am both a customer and friends with folks at the two farms I am about to mention. My first trip to Feld Farms was incredible. They raise so many different…

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Image credit: Matthias Böckel from Pixabay

Have you heard of Ractopamine?

By Ira White | November 18, 2023

There is an additive to animal feed that many are unaware of. There is no required mention of it on food labels. There is controversy over its use. It is currently restricted in 160 nations in the world. So, is it safe? I will present what I have found, and you can decide for yourself.…

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Three porkers lying head to butt

Trailer training challenged by acorns

By Nancy Hildebrandt | October 24, 2023

The story of the pigs who porked out on acorns.

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Pigs grazing in a pasture with trailer in foreground

Fall, apples, pork!

By Nancy Hildebrandt | September 18, 2023

I’m sure we all feel the transition into fall, especially the dwindling hours of sunlight, right? The rain a couple weeks ago was a gift, and now we get to enjoy cooler days and start mentally preparing ourselves for rainy season. I’m very pleased to report that as of last night, all pork shares have…

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Piglets eating blackberry leaves

Pigs are SO smart (or are they?)

By Nancy Hildebrandt | May 26, 2023

It’s quite remarkable but about 90% of the time when I mention I raise pigs, the response is “Oh wow, pigs are SO smart.” I’m guessing that most of the folks who say this have no experience with pigs, but I even hear some farmers say this as well. If “SO smart” means smarter than…

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