Archive for October, 2014

Whole or Half Hog for Sale

Due to the untimely loss of our two breeder hogs, we have to sell at least one of them to try to cover our financial loss. The cost is calculated on the hanging weight at $3.25/lb for a whole or $3.50/lb for a half plus the processing fees. The weights are approximately 350 lbs and 480 lbs. Processing fees will vary depending on individual requests for sausage and additional curing. Please fill out this form to order. These will be sold first come first served, meat will be ready for pickup this week.

Update: SOLD!

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Overcoming Tragedy

Unforeseen tragedy struck yesterday when our boar and sow broke out of their paddock and pushed through a gate. They then wandered through my sister’s yard and onto the neighbor’s property. Long story short, the neighbor claimed to have felt threatened and shot them. I’ll not disclose any major details yet, well except for this one: another neighbor came forward and stated that the pigs had returned my sister’s yard when they shot them.

This is one of the more devastating incidences we’ve experienced since embarking on this farming adventure. Seamus and Agnes were the names we bestowed upon them due to the fact that the Tamworth is known as the “Irish Grazer” and they seem fine Irish names. They were very tame, gentle and full of character. Seamus was especially gentle and personable. The only thing he loved more than food was to be scratched and petted.

Their loss is painful on multiple levels. As you might see, we were rather fond of these two hogs who were to be the foundation of our pastured pig operation. This hurts because now we are back at square one after buying them and caring for them until mature and raising just one litter of piglets. Because I was at my other full time job, we had to pay someone to come pick the hogs up and take them to a processor so that meat could be salvaged. These are expenses we did not have plans for at all. This puts us in the hole and having to invest in new breeding stock takes us down even further and it will be that much longer before we will turn any amount of profit. The only reason I am not giving up on raising pigs is because I despise the idea of giving up, and I REALLY love bacon.

 

Homesteader’s Dream |

Our friends over at My Dad & Me Family Farm are selling their current location in Powder Springs, GA. They aren’t quitting, they’re needing to move to a larger property so that they can continue to expand and grow. Click the following link to read all about it and see more photos. The best thing I can say about this farm is that it’s 100% turnkey. Nothing needs improvement! If I could write a check that wouldn’t bounce, I wouldn’t be telling you about it.

Homesteader’s Dream |.

The Barn includes a milking parlor.

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How Much Land per Pig? | Sugar Mountain Farm

Here’s a great post on raising pigs on pasture. Walter Jefferies is my “go to” whenever I have a pig question. Problem is, I end up getting lost in his entertaining blog and losing otherwise valuable time. Oh well, time to get back to my own slice of Heaven.

How Much Land per Pig? | Sugar Mountain Farm.

 

The happy hogs of Sugar Mountain

 

Fresh Veggies From the Garden!

You can now get fresh Kale and Radishes grown right here on the farm. We are now working with Jeff and Tammy of The Family Farmer to make these chemical free veggies available. Bok Choi, Swiss Chard, lettuces, broccoli  and more will be coming soon! You can place an order at Marietta Locally Grown or just drop by the farm Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Radishes

Kale Salad