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Family Business: Pie Day

Family Business:  Pie Day

I generally focus on the business end of this family business, but today, I’m sharing a personal family moment. “When [Almanzo] began to eat pie, he wished he had eaten nothing else. He ate a piece of pumpkin pie and a piece of custard pie, and…

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When pigs get sick

When pigs get sick

We spent several days in a barn earlier this spring trying to help a farmer optimize his feeders.  His pigs were sick, and they were running the feeders poorly – namely, wasting feed and making a general mess of things. (Have you ever tried to…

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Stop hogging the spotlight! Everybody wants to be a star!

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Animal Industry report

Animal Industry report

Iowa State released an Animal Industry report earlier this year that focused on the microenviornment of transport trailers used for market hogs. It was previously a pretty unexplored area of research so it’s great to see new data on trailer bedding and washouts. The study…

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Pig of the internet

Pig of the internet

It’s a rainy Tuesday and sometimes you just need to look at a sassy little pig. Lucky for you, I am here to help.  Hello, little guy! Yeah, well.  Ptttttttthhhhhhbbbb to you, too, pig.

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Arbor Day & Agriculture

Arbor Day & Agriculture

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. — Chinese Proverb Earth Day is celebrated in April with political fanfare and media attention, while Arbor Day, its older, less popular sister holiday slips quietly by for…

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Throwback Thursday: A year in review

Throwback Thursday: A year in review

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started blogging about my new Adventures in Piggery.  I’ve been in more hog barns than I can count,  learned how to pick up and hold a piglet, taken thousands of photos of little pigs,…

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Post-Easter Ham

Post-Easter Ham

Ham and corn and potatoes and a jello salad and relishes and buns and angel food cake and jelly beans and WOW, I am full.  Chad’s aunt knocked Easter dinner out of the park. Ham comes from the hind legs of the pig and is…

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Sorting and sitting

Sorting and sitting

Chad commissioned a new sorter system yesterday, which means he was training barn managers how to set up the computer program and scale settings for the Pro Sort large-pen auto sort system. The sorter weighs the pigs before they eat and then sorts them, sending…

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Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts

Initially, I was worried that it might seem unseasonal to talk about quilts in April, but Old Man Winter just refuses to take his weather and go home, so here we are.  Grab a cozy blanket and snuggle on up. Painted on wood and fastened…

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