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Placing Pigs: Before

Placing Pigs: Before

We’re helping place pigs this morning.  The barn has been power-washed and is all clean and ready. 1200 little pigs weighing roughly 10-12 pounds each will be delivered to the barn on livestock trailers.  I am sort of ridiculously excited to see them all scurrying…

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Freedom Stall

Freedom Stall

One hot topic in the hog industry these days (and for a while now) is the use of gestation stalls, or individual maternity pens, versus group housing for pregnant sows.  Sows can be aggressive (hello, huge & pregnant!) and often try to bully each other…

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Learn everyday: how to hold a (baby) pig

Learn everyday: how to hold a (baby) pig

Chad and I visit hog barns a couple of times a week, checking on trials or helping producers find solutions.  I’ve gotten comfortable being in the barns, wearing my (not so cute) boots and coveralls, and even the smell isn’t so bad anymore.  I still…

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Life in the farrowing barn

Life in the farrowing barn

EEEEEP! So cute. While we were in Kentucky, I got to visit a sow unit. Chad and I spend most of our time in wean-to-finish or grow-finish facilities (although the nursery barns are my absolute favorite) since that’s where the company’s product line has largely…

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Growin’ up

Growin’ up

The last time we visited this farm, the pigs were pretty little and especially cute. 7 weeks later, they’ve grown up quite a bit.  They’re still not at that totally fat and really unfortunate looking stage (sorry market hogs; you’re not cute) but they’re definitely…

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Life as a nursery pig

Life as a nursery pig

Pigs get weaned off their mama when they’re 3-4 weeks old.  At this point, they get moved to a nursery barn for another couple of months until they’re about 50 pounds then to a finishing barn, or they go straight into a wean-finish barn, where…

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Pigs of the internet

Pigs of the internet

We had a great trip to Kentucky and I’m working on a post outlining some of the things I learned (so much!) but until then, enjoy these little guys, all snuggly under their heat lamp.

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What is Naturally Raised, anyway?

What is Naturally Raised, anyway?

Pasta, some veggies and a wine or lemon-based sauce, all tossed with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese is hands down one of my favorite meals.  It’s quick, versatile, and helps clean out the refrigerator.  Lucky for me, Noodles & Co. provides several super tasty (and…

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Soylent: the secret to feeding the world?

Soylent: the secret to feeding the world?

A post on Facebook last night caught my eye:  Soylent – the easy, healthy future of nutrition.  I spent the next several hours reading about the product and its development and future, and I was fascinated.  But first, let me back up a bit. In…

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Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms

Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms

Today marks the grand opening of The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana. National Hog Farmer notes that the new pig center is designed to show visitors firsthand how a modern pig production facility operates and highlights the treatment and well-being of…

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