Monthly archive for November2013

Piggy Wig & Piggy Wee

Piggy Wig & Piggy Wee

Most of the hog barns we visit are modern indoor facilities.  Confinement, some call it. 90% of all pork is raised indoors, in fact.  And these indoor homes are actually pretty comfortable – they’re temperature controlled all year, the pigs are protected from sunburn (yep!),…

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Genetic Diversity

Genetic Diversity

Most of the pigs that are raised for meat in the US are primarily the White Landrace breed. They’re good sows and typically farrow large pigs. They have a good amount of meat in the ham and loin, and finish well.  They look pinker as…

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West Swine Story

West Swine Story

When I’m in a nursery barn and curious little piglets come over to check me out, they often line up a safe distance from me at first.  It’s very cute (of course) and reminds me of a little Sharks & Jets scene from West Side…

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Morning glory

Morning glory

Sometimes we’re on the road early enough to catch sunrises like these. Midwest is best.    

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The Piglets of Pen 10

The Piglets of Pen 10

These piglets arrived at their nursery home in Illinois yesterday morning.   Their pen was all clean and ready for them to explore. Hey there, floppy eared friend. Let’s go check out the feeder. Nom nom nom. Happy Friday, little pigs!

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Sow Barn Photo Shoot

Sow Barn Photo Shoot

We took our photo crew up to Inwood, IA, this week to get some photos and video of sows using our Freedom Stall. I’m always impressed with their enthusiasm and creativity while shooting inside a barn. It’s a messy, noisy environment, not to mention smelly!…

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