Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wild Rumpus 2

If you have a sharp eye, you just might catch a glimpse of the small, lightening fast swine that roam our farm.

The Wild Rumpus

The thunder of piglet hooves has been heard around the homestead lately. Let the wild rumpus begin!

Rosy, our Tamworth sow, is of course, much happier when her piglets are nearby.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adventure Pigs 2

 Back from another thrilling excursion through the sunflower field ...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Adventure Pigs

A fine fall day for piglet adventuring in the garden.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

New Piglets!

Rosy's first litter of piglets arrived this weekend.  Eight total - all born alive and healthy.  We woke up on Saturday morning and there were eight little Tamworth/Hampshire cross piglets romping and nursing.  Rosy is very careful with these little ones, careful not to step on or crush them.  Guess this is why these heritage Tamworths are reputed to be such good mommas.  Good job, Rosy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rosy, the queen of the farm

Pregnant Tamwroth sow Rosy likes to lounge in the middle of her dinner, nibbling on corn, cucumbers and zucchini, taking cat naps in between, snoring sonorously.

zzzzzzzzzz ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our New Boar

Our new boar Hector hails from a small farm up north in Penasco.  He is a Hampshire cross.  We've raised Hector from a wee little piglet.  He is a very friendly and happy fellow with an enormous personality.  As you can see, this gentle boar enjoys a good belly scratching.

The American National Swine Registry notes this is probably the oldest American breed of hogs. Importations of this hog breed were thought to have been made from Hampshire in England between 1827 and 1839.   Hampshire hogs are noted for being well-muscled and rapid growers, and for exhibiting good carcass quality when used as meat animals.

Meet Rosy - Our New Tamworth Sow

Rosy is a Tamworth.  She's a year old.  Usually, she is quite a serious pig, but here she is all full of herself on a cool spring afternoon.  The Tamworth is among the oldest of pig breeds but as with many older breeds of livestock they are not well suited to modern production methods.  Long, lean, and athletic, the Tamworth is probably the most direct descendant of the native pig stock of northern Europe.

The Tamworth was traditionally considered a “bacon” breed, meaning that the pigs thrived on low energy foods but grew slowly. They produced meat and bacon that was lean and fine grained. The breed has an excellent carcass yield of up to 70% due to their fine bones creating a more productive meat to bone ratio for finished meat products. The breed is listed as "Threatened" in the United States by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy.