Pigs

Fence along road looking south to corner

Developing the new Forest Pasture

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 20 Mar 2022

This is a small farm and there are four pastures for pigs so they can be rotationally grazed, ranging in size from 0.5-3 acres. The newest pasture was a downhill thicket of blackberry, scotch broom, poison oak, and sedge grass, half of it in tree cover. We started to work on taming this pasture a…

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Feeding ramada

Feeding just got 100% easier

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 19 Dec 2021

Western Oregon. Rain. Cold. Mud. MUD. Some days it doesn’t stop raining and feeding the pigs becomes a real challenge. It’s not that I’m the Wicked Witch of the West, it’s that I don’t want the pigs standing out in winter weather getting soaked while they eat. So normally I watch the radar all day,…

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Pigs at 9 months

9 months old!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 16 Dec 2021

Boy it’s been a busy year but now we have proof of how fast our Berkshire piglets are growing. The photo on the left from our last post was taken when they were two months old, and the photo on the right shows them at almost 9 months. Piglets need TWO food bowls At 9…

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Piglets need TWO food bowls now

Inflection point

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 15 May 2021

Until now, Pigs Can Fly Ranch has raised small heritage pigs, of the American Guinea Hog and Kune Kune variety. These little pigs took a year and a half to reach market weight, which was only 75-95 lbs. hanging weight. Faster growth with more feed meant more lard for these breeds. Like many fine things,…

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Five pigs gone to butcher

Trailer training

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 30 Mar 2021

Pigs are not prey animals, so if you’re used to skittish horses, this ain’t that. Park trailer in pasture. Leave truck attached. Open trailer doors, put down feed at far end from door. They may or may not be hesitant but the smell of feed quickly wins out. Next feeding, shut the door for a…

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Pigs looking like dogs on peg legs

Pig farming in the dormant season

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 25 Dec 2020

It’s such a relief when fall comes. The grass and weeds become manageable and local harvests of various types of produce result in what must be the pigs’ favorite time of year. Then we move into November, when Oregon’s Willamette Valley weather retards thoughts of big outdoor projects. Days are short, the pigs sleep a…

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Tiny and Tiny Jr.

Tiny and Tiny Jr.

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 09 Jun 2020

Besides the 12 piglets that were born to Flower and P2 in early April (see¬†Extended family), about a week later a new piglet appeared in the lower pasture where the herd had been separated from the two sows. I came to realize that one of the smallest members of the herd, a teenager who was…

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Sunbathing on Day 6

Extended family

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 05 May 2020

Another first: two sows farrowed on the same day, April 3. The first, Flower, has a lot of experience but never has more than three piglets at a time. The second, who I call P2 because she’s the daughter of my first kune kune sow Princess, farrowed for the first time and had 9 piglets!…

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InterimGeorge snd Market finishing off

The cycle of life

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 08 Feb 2020

I took two pigs to the butcher in January, to be greatly enjoyed by friends/customers. In this instance, these are the first two of my butchered pigs that were born and raised here. Much as I enjoy and love my pigs, they are very much a part of a cycle of life for me. As…

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Pigs eating a pumpkin

Pumpkin soccer

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 09 Nov 2019

Quick how many pig expressions related to eating can you think while you watch this pumpkin fest? This was a GIANT pumpkin brought by two friends from their farm.

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