Monday, November 23, 2009

Snow Pigs

This large black hog has her own built in sherpa hat.
If this large black hog plows enough snow, there's bound to be a delicious egg in there somewhere.

Large Black Hog in takeoff mode.  If she gets up enough steam, she just might clear the fence.

This is our first real snow, and this morning it was a frigid 7 degrees, and these two Large Black Hogs don't seem to be missing a beat.  That's one of the beauties of the Large Black Hog Breed.  They are hardy and thrive outdoors, which goes against the whole factory farm paradigm, and which is one of the reasons why these wonderful hogs are on the "Critical" list at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

I feed before sunup, as I've got to get to the office in Santa Fe, and they come straggling out of their toasty stall in the barn nearly every morning to greet me, straw dangling from their ears and whiskers.  Also, to politely inquire if I have any eggs on me and could they please have one or five or six.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Serious Chow

 Dear Prudence relishing her free choice alfalfa hay that the horses are openly coveting from across the fence, having scarfed down their own breakfasts.

We're raising our Large Black Hogs the all natural way.  No hormones.  No antibiotics.  Room to roam.  And sunshine.  Here they can exercise their natural herd instinct, as hogs are naturally gregarious creatures.  The bulk of their diet is high grade alfalfa hay (the kind I feed to my horses).  In the high desert, even at 7,000 feet, there isn't exactly an abundance of pasture land.  We also feed them some corn each day.  They love fresh eggs.  Good thing we've got a whole flock of laying hens, and now I've got a ready use for all of those extra eggs.

These Large Black Hogs also enjoyed some leftover organic apple pie the other day.  They devour fruit and vegetables with gusto.  A piece of cheese or the nub from the Challa bread loaf is met with great excitement.  Nothing gets wasted around here.