Raising Pastured Pigs – A Video Series for Beginning Farmers
Posted: June 22, 2012
Kingbird Farm has five to seven sows at a time, and one boar, and each sow farrows twice per year producing about eight piglets in each litter. The sows and boar are kept on pasture, and the sow is brought into the barn to farrow and raise her young to 8 weeks, and then the piglets are marketed for feeder pigs or breeding stock, and the remaining piglets and sow are returned to respective pastures. Glos and her husband finish about 10 to 15 pigs for themselves and their customers – the remaining are marketed.
Glos does ear notch all piglets as required for Registered Tamworth hogs, and the male piglets are castrated.
To learn more about Kingbird Farm and their hog production practices, please view the following videos brought to you by the Cornell Small Farms program. To learn more about the Cornell Small Farms Program, or to view other production videos, please visit their website at nebeginningfarmers.org. To learn more about Karma and Kingbird Farm, check out their website at http://www.kingbirdfarm.com/ or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KingbirdFarm.
Finishing Pigs on Pasture: