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Spring Pastures

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Sow on Spring Pasture This sow is grazing in the lower south field just below an aspen grove. The pigs mow the grass, clovers and other forages to a almost lawn like consistency. They do very little rooting. The rooting … Continue reading

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Wild Farrowing

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Private Room with a View This gilt sow wanted a private room. She was willing to go to extremes to get it. Three times she broke out of the south Ark gestating paddock in search of a place of her … Continue reading

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Off the Charts at -90°F and Colder than Hell

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We fell off the wind chill chart… Someone wrote me asking about the temperatures last night here in Vermont. It was -34.2°F on Sugar Mountain. The 70 mph winds were the real killer giving a windchill of about -90°F. This … Continue reading

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Calendar 2016

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2016 Calendar Front Cover Pigs on Pasture at Sugar Mountain Farm It’s a new year and a new calendar time! The image above is the front cover of our latest creation. Calendars are a wonderful pictorial tour of life in … Continue reading

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Hay’s Here 2015 – Investment Banking

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204 Bales of Hay on the Landing, 204 Bales of hay… …Take one down, pass it around, 203 bales of hay on the landing… Yes, pigs eat hay. About 100 to 150 tons a year pass through our pigs. This … Continue reading

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Sunflower Ark

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South Field Ark Surrounded by Sunflowers Our open greenhouse in the south field plateau is currently surrounded by a sea of gold and green – sunflowers growing in the winter paddock. During the winter many of the pigs sleep in … Continue reading

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South Field Greenhouse Ark

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South Field Greenhouse Ark The Ark is a much emptier place now in the summer. It’s a temperate, shaded space of about 38’x96′ with the lovely deep bedding pack of wood chips but I only occasionally find pigs in it. … Continue reading

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New Troll Bridge

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New Troll Bridge Our son Will is building a tractor road from our central driveway out across the north home field to the north field. This will allow us to setup a better wintering space for the north herd boar, … Continue reading

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Spring Piglets

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Spring Piglets with Chickens Piglets are popping. These little guys were born in the south field shed which is an open three sided shed wrapped around a courtyard. They have a deep bedding pack which gives them warmth from below … Continue reading

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Greenhouse In Use – Stocking Density

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South Field Plateau Greenhouse – The Ark Ten days ago we pulled the tarp up and and over the south field greenhouse. The greenhouse doesn’t look green yet since it has the initial winter tarp rather than the clear plastic … Continue reading

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