Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

I’ll admit, I had my reservations about raising pigs. Being a country girl from rural Ohio, I’ve grown up around hog farms. My uncle was a hog farmer for most of my life. My brother even raised a couple hogs for 4-H one year. The only things I really cared...
Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Well, I guess you could say my weekend started off with a bang. If you’re just tuning in, I’ve been stressing over one of our piglets who has/had a hernia. I was able to tape him up Friday, but the tape had come loose by the time we fed Saturday morning,...
Farm Life and Field Medicine

Farm Life and Field Medicine

In life, if you ever find yourself debating between becoming a farmer or a vet, become a vet.   Yesterday was certainly one for the record books. One of our piglets was born with an inguinal hernia, which means the ligament that separates the abdominal cavity...
Our Newest Piglets

Our Newest Piglets

Two years ago, we made the decision to start breeding pigs. It started as an effort to be more self-sufficient. It didn’t make sense to keep buying piglets from various sources every 6 months. First of all, we were always worried that we wouldn’t be able...
Why We Hired a Butcher

Why We Hired a Butcher

 When it came time to butcher our two Berkshire-cross pigs recently, we had a lot of decisions to make.  Did we want to sell any of the meat?  How much of it were we willing to sell?  Would we butcher it ourselves?  How would we butcher it?...
Caring for a Sick Piglet

Caring for a Sick Piglet

About a month ago, I noticed that one of my Yorkshire piglets had dropped a lot of weight.  I thought that her much larger brother was hogging all of the food, so I removed her from the pen and tried to feed her separately.  That’s when I realized that...