Pigs Become Pork

Weighing Gladys & Petunia

Except for meat chickens, by the time a sheep, cow or pig that I’ve raised for food is ready for slaughter, I know them so well that I can pick them out of a large group. Animals like people are known by their face and personality. But once an animal is killed and processed for…

New Digs For Pigs

New Digs For Pigs

Now that spring has arrived, Gladys and Petunia have been moved from a life confined to the barn to a life outdoors. The butcher has been called and their days are literally numbered. For the last couple weeks of their existence, Gladys and Petunia will be temporarily residing in our large vegetable garden.  For the…

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Weanling Piglets

I’m confounded and I’ll tell you why. Because there is an epidemic of death and contagion sweeping across the farms of this country that is barely getting a mention in the mainstream media. If you ask me it should be front page news. And I’ll wager that unless you live in farming community or you…

Gladys In March

Gladys & Rick

Gladys and Petunia should be ready for slaughter in about another 5 to 6 weeks. Both gilts (a gilt is a young female pig) are exceptionally calm and friendly. They’ve been a pleasure to raise this winter and will be sorely missed when their time here is up.

Gladys In November

Gladys In November

This fall’s piglets are doing very well. They seem to be growing fast and are exceptionally good eaters. Both piglets have tamed up nicely and will be moved to large quarters maybe this week. I was in the barn the other evening and Gladys was happy to pose for me.

Fall Piglets

Gladys & Petunia

So far this year promises to be a bonanza corn harvest here in western Pennsylvania. Corn prices have dramatically fallen to around $4 a bushel, with speculation that once the harvest is in, the price for corn will drop even lower to maybe $3.80 a bushel or so. Cheap corn is bad news for grain…

Feeding Kitchen Scraps & Garden Waste

Pigs Eating Roma Tomatoes

Throughout most of the year our ordinary food scraps and kitchen waste will end up in one of two compost piles we keep near the garden. But during the summer months when we raise pigs the situation changes. During those months all the kitchen scraps and garden waste are fed to pigs instead of being…