Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Whole & Half Hogs Available!

We have a few hogs left! Our hogs are raised on pasture, produce, quality grain and sunshine.

Whole Hog :: $2.75/lb. Hanging Weight (plus processing)
Half Hog :: $3.00/lb. Hanging Weight (plus processing)
$100 non-refundable deposit due at reservation
$75 non-refundable deposit due at reservation
Contact us soon if you would like to reserve a whole or a half hog, or have any questions, please email or feel free to contact Aimee at (276) 617-2507.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How Can We?

They are seriously cute.  Most people that know me ask how I can eat them.  I understand their feelings of guilt, attachment, fondness over all things cute and small and cuddly.  But these little piggies are only 2 weeks old.  In 4 months, they will be HUGE.  I mean, 250 lbs, HUGE.  They wont be so cute.  They will be sleeping and rooting and getting into mischief, like all pigs do.  They are smart, too.  I love Jesus, but sometimes I cuss pigs.  I have to out think them every day.  We raise them on pasture, where they are free take naps in the sunshine, drink fresh water, eat grass (when available in the spring, summer and fall), eat apples out of our neighbor's yard and get belly scratches from my kids.  They have such a great life while here on earth.  They are not confined in a building with a concrete pad, bored out of their minds, getting sick.  They are not fed antibiotics as a preventative.  They are not given growth hormones.  They are given love and respect.  That's how we are able to eat them.  We can't imagine eating pork that isn't raised like this.  That's how. 

Hard Decisions

This was Mable Virginia.  We bought this sweet Dexter heifer to breed and be our family milk cow.  What do they say, "If you want to see God laugh, all you have to do is plan?"  Well, I don't think God was laughing, and I know we weren't.  We bought her in 2014 and after being with 2 bulls, and several attempts to AI her, she never settled.  Our vet, whom I trust implicitly, said multiple times that Mable had a mal-formed cervix.  We kept trying though.  Mable was a pet, and she was loved.  We even bought a bull for her, Patriot, but she still couldn't get bred.  Unfortunately, on a farm, especially a smaller farm as ours, we can't have free loaders.  We made the difficult decision to send her to freezer camp.  She is being dry aged as I type, and I rest easier knowing she will provide nourishment for my family.  We are still on the hunt for other Dexter cows, as we LOVE the breed. And we LOVE the Dexter community.  The lady that sold us Mable has been so generous.  My dream is to milk my cow in my barn, and make cheese.  lol  I'm serious. 

Rabbit Holes

My husband always said NO to pigs.  It's not his fault.  It's mine.  You see, I have a problem, and probably need an intervention when it comes to farm animals.  It started with my horses.  Then chickens.  Chickens led to eggs, and eggs led to more chickens, and then we started processing our own meat chickens.  Then we added Dexter cows.  A steer to eat and a heifer to breed and milk.  Then, I wanted to round out our diet and add pork. It's a slippery slope down the rabbit hole of homesteading. 

I researched which breed would do best on a small homestead and was the friendliest with kids.  Not to mention the tastiest.  We tried local pork from another breed and it was ALL FAT.  I mean, thin ribbons of meat mixed into lard.  Yuck.  It almost put me off to pasture raised pork all together, but my momma didn't raise a quitter.  Then I came across glowing reviews for Large Black Hogs.  Hmmmm. Or should I say, Mmmmmm. They are just that.  Large, Black and Hogs.  They have the sweetest dispositions, they are great mommas, and make some tasty pork.  Win, Win, Win!  I found a breeder that was local, and we bought Big Momma Myrna, Kevin Bacon, and Miss Piggy.  Miss Piggy is Big Momma's daughter.  She was thrown in to the mix because I wasn't supposed to get Big Momma.  I was supposed to get another sow.  But that sow was having a bad day and the breeder couldn't get her down to the trailer.  She told me about Big Momma.  I looked at this huge sow, and I thought, "Wow.  She's UGLY."  Big Momma Myrna has stubs for ears.  She has a stub for a tail. Large Blacks are known for their endearing, floppy ears that shade their eyes.  I wanted a pig with a cute curly tail.  Big Momma had none of these adorable traits.  Her ears and tail were chewed off by her litter mates when she was little and was pretty much hand raised by our breeder and her hubby.  What she lacks in looks, she makes up for in sweetness and gentleness.  There's a lesson to be learned there, folks.  Pretty is as pretty does, right???? So, the breeder added her daughter, a 6 week old gilt, in because Big Momma was so homely.  Kevin Bacon was about 8 weeks old, so I knew I had some time before babies showed up on the farm.  That was March 1, 2016.  Now, 9 months later, we have 21 pigs on the farm.  All raised on pasture, sunshine, and love.  Lots of love.