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1/14/12 11:02 A

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That is correct! We do soil testing every year. I'm always amazed to have 35 ton of lime dumped in the end of the south driveway every year - no hanging out wash when that happens, but for the weekend the men are scooping, loading, and spreading the lime, the crazy border collie has the sweetest feet in NY!

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1/13/12 6:09 P

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Just a word of advice make sure the PH, Lime is at recommended levels, that is very important.

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1/13/12 1:50 P

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HHhhmmmm, on making money on the farm - it's usually the sales people who sell to the farmers who make the money! emoticon Truck loads of money don't usually appear for farmers, however we plan around what our customers ask for. The pigs came about because some of our hay and egg customers asked for pork raised on pasture, and without hormones or antibiotics. We also use the pigs to clean up pasture and "disc" the soil, which they so love to do. Of course while they're digging and rooting (and manuring) the free range chickens follow along in anticipation of some good buggy treats, and the girls are also manuring. So we're getting some work and soil fertilization done for free, while the pigs and chickens supplement their diet with natural goodies.


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1/12/12 7:24 P

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I'm like Lyle, it's been too long -----since the 70's when we had hogs. We had farrow to finish, then we decided to just go with buying feeder pigs and finishing them out. Either way, we didn't make any money.

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1/12/12 5:11 P

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Hey Skeeter - I am not letting the husband see this post or he might want to bring piglets in the next time! Actually our momma made herself a nice nest in the maternity pen in the barn with all the loose hay we put there, and kept the piglets nice and warm. Haven't had to do much cleaning of the pen because they have been following her out into pasture since week one. I'm expecting that to change if winter actually arrives in a few days because I know they don't care for the snow as much. We still have a heat lamp chained to the ceiling about 7' off the floor, but that's actually more of a convenience for us at night than it is to keep them warm at this point.

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1/12/12 1:59 P

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I had to look this up, I've been out of the hog business for too long. Looks like about 114 days or 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. Easy way to remember. Farrowing was always a very exciting time of farming. GLBH will never let me forget the time I brought newly farrowed pigs into the kitchen and put then in front of the oven stove to try to keep them warm. It took several days to get that smell out of the house. If you start to farrow you will soon know what I mean about the smell.
Much good luck on the adventure.

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Anyone out there have advice on a good breeding schedule for pigs? Previously when we raised the pigs, we always bought piglets. Because the piglet supply has dwindled, prices have gone up, and health of the piglets has always been a concern, we decided to breed and raise our own. Our first litter arrived 12/10/11, so how long before we breed Momma back? I don't want to push her, and of course she's still nursing now. Not sure when she'll come back into heat again while she's nursing. because the weather has been so mild this winter, Momma & piglets have been having a grand time rooting up the pasture (with the chickens following them). I love watching those crazy little speed piglets racing around the pasture. Any advice would be appreciated. have a good day!

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