Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

More Pigs —–
November 21, 2006, 1:29 am
Filed under: Farming, Pigs


Pigs are remarkable animals. It has been said that the only part of a pig you can’t use to consume is its squeal and it’s true. Today I picked up our first pigs from the butcher. We raised them on the Farm from 8 weeks old. It is amazing and not least unsettling to see the end result of these animals. When I got home I had a full “Asmall Farm” breakfast of our Organic Eggs and our Naturally Raised Organic Fed pork in the form of breakfast link sausages. It was delicious. From the 2 pigs I brought to the butcher, I received a little over 200 lbs of pork. It’s all frozen and has packed the new chest freezers I just bought. I think we are going to need a walk in freezer because we have some new araivals. 


Melissa and I love the Heritage Breed of pigs. I was able to buy 5 Tamworth gilts from the butcher whose Sow had them around 5 or 6 weeks ago. Unlike the GOS pigs we have the Tamworths are on the Threatened List. This means there are fewer than 100 annual registration in the US and the estimated global population is less than 1000. I think we will save the 2 gilts we like best and use them for breeding. We may wind up crossing the GOS with the Tamworths. Hopefully this cross will work well for us. —- John


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