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4 IPP piglets in the trailer

Meet the class of 2024

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?

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?

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

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!

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?)

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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Gang of six

Class of 2023

April 18, 2023

The 2023 pigs have arrived!

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Rooting Berkshires

Blackberry root eradication with pigs

November 27, 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

October 17, 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!

August 29, 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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