Nancy Hildebrandt

Dotty, Lightning, Creamsicle, Sunshine battle over a bucket

Embracing change

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 15 Apr 2024

2024 pig breeds, butcher, estimated weight, pricing

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4 IPP piglets in the trailer

Meet the class of 2024

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 28 Feb 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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Three porkers lying head to butt

Trailer training challenged by acorns

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 24 Oct 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 / 18 Sep 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 / 26 May 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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Gang of six

Class of 2023

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 18 Apr 2023

The 2023 pigs have arrived!

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Rooting Berkshires

Blackberry root eradication with pigs

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 27 Nov 2022

Berkshire pigs love to root out and eat blackberry roots so I’m helping them out and it’s win-win teamwork.

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Berks fattening up October 2022

What’s new for December 2022’s pork harvest

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 17 Oct 2022

What’s new and what’s changed for the December 2022 butcher date.

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Goats just moved to front pasture

Now for something different: goats!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 29 Aug 2022

I’ve hired goats to get my pasture under control and one particular doe makes an ungodly, ungoatlike sound when she spots a human.

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Three new piglets, first morning

What’s new and planned for 2022

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 19 Jun 2022

What happened to spring this year? As I write this in the latter half of June, it’s another day with rain in the forecast. I definitely prefer it to hot and dry, as much of the rest of the country is getting. The last of my yearling pigs went to the butcher on April 18,…

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