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The Story of Junior: The Kidnapped Pig

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday January 24, 2011   -   By David

Junior cuddling his foster mom I was digging through some photos today and came across Junior. Junior was orphaned in the winter of 2006. Actually my wife was outside and heard a piglet squealing as if in distress. She went to investigate and ...

Why Every Child Should Spend Time On a Farm

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday January 19, 2011   -   By David

Helping hold pigs One of the reasons I started farming again was I wanted my kids to experience the life I had as a child.  I believe there are many reasons why kids should spend time on a small farm. Heck they should visit a giant factory farm...

Change Your Good Shoes Before Going In With The Pi...

Blog: Dark Water Ranch   -   Tuesday January 18, 2011   -   By shepherd

It pays to remember what you're wearing before you start doing your chores. I was running late yesterday - I had to go to town for some things. I got home and I knew it was later than the normal time that I do chores. Everybody on the farm was hollering that...

Brambly Farms in Cochon 555 Boston Event

Blog: Brambly Farms   -   Sunday January 16, 2011   -   By Ted

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that we got word last night that one of our farm's pure bred Large Blacks has been chosen to take part in the approaching Cochon 555 event. This is a national event which is held in ten cities around the...

Hogging Off Corn - One Man's Story

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Thursday January 13, 2011   -   By David

Tamworth Pigs I came across this old account of hogging off corn recently. Since I was already thinking this might be a good idea as I blogged about a couple of months ago it seemed a good addition to my previous post. HOGGING OFF CORN FIELDS - J.M....

What 2011 Holds and Five Steps You Should Take

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday January 05, 2011   -   By David

    What does 2011 hold for you? What does it hold for the United States? It would be really nice if we could answer those questions definitively. However, we all know that's impossible. No one can tell the future with certain accuracy. We...

Cheap Meat: An Accident Waiting to Happen

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Tuesday January 04, 2011   -   By David

You might remember a few years ago the big scare with tainted pet foods. Many animals died and practically every kind of dog food you could think of was pulled of the shelves until it could be sorted out. It turned out to be a poison called melamine...

Full Spectrum Lighting for Goats, Pigs, and Chicke...

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday December 22, 2010   -   By David

Full Spectrum Bulb I first heard of full spectrum lighting several years ago. Full spectrum lights are the closest light to natural sunlight available. It got me to thinking about how it would effect livestock during the long days of winter here in...

Pastured Polutry & Tamworth Pigs in the Winter

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Tuesday December 21, 2010   -   By David

  Are you sure you want to delete this post? This action is permanent. Yes, delete post No, keep post Tamworth Pigs Ever wonder how you keep grass-fed pigs and chickens eating grass in the winter? The main way of course...

The Tamworth Breed History - Another Take

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday December 20, 2010   -   By David

  Tamworth Boar circa 1914 The Tamworth is probably the purest of the modern breeds of swine, it having been improved more largely by selection and care than by the introduction of the blood of other breeds. One historian claims ...

A Secret Ingredient for your Water Trough

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Saturday December 18, 2010   -   By David

Clean Water Water. A crucial element of life. We spend hundreds even thousands of dollars to ensure we have clean pure water for ourselves and our families. It makes up 75% of our bodies. What about our livestock?  How clean is the water you...

Baseball Bats and Porridge

Blog: Bare Naked Honey Farm   -   Wednesday December 15, 2010   -   By Mabe

December 15, 2010  Another Wisconsin winter is decidedly upon us!  Over a foot of snow in one day and drifts several feet high.  Luckily, Uber Hubby  plowed, blew, and shoveled all day so that I would have paths to the barn, bees, and...

Feeding Hogs Something Other Than Corn

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Tuesday December 14, 2010   -   By David

Tamworth Pig If you've read many of my posts you know I love old books on farming and especially pigs. I have a pretty good collection dating back as far as 1883. I've bid on books on some auction sites older than that but they end up being too rich...

Natural ways to keep your pigs, goats and other st...

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday December 13, 2010   -   By David

In my last post I discussed why we don't use chemical wormers. In case you missed it, you can read it here . So naturally the question arises so what do you use to combat parasite loads in your livestock? For us at Spring Hill Farms it is a three pronged...

No Chemical Wormers Used Here

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Friday December 10, 2010   -   By David

Chemical Wormer At Spring Hill Farms we try to do things as close to natural as we can. To us that means no chemical wormers. I realize many farms do use chemical wormers. I also know small farms or organically oriented farms many times use chemical,...

Tamworth Pigs and Soil Fertility

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Friday November 26, 2010   -   By David

    In the building up of fertility, especially on the poor light-land farm, there is no animal more effective than the pig. Though I would not suggest that the pig is an essential part of fertility building, there is no quicker or more...

Fattening Hogs using Alfalfa Pasture - Historical ...

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday November 17, 2010   -   By David

I have long been a collector of old agriculture books, pamphlets and documents. You can find so many good ideas that were used in days gone by. Many of the experiments that were done at agricultural test stations across the United States are still...

Alternative Feeding Methods - Hogging Down Corn

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday November 15, 2010   -   By David

  The practice of letting pigs eat the corn from the stalks is a good alternative way of finishing pigs. It is a great labor saving practice because instead of having to pick the corn the pigs do the picking! It was a popular method in the early 1900's...

pig whisperer

Blog: Kelvin Grove Farm   -   Sunday November 14, 2010   -   By Smiokey Joe

I think our sole pig gets lonely.  Every few days she goes for a walk about.  Fortunately our neighbors are really, really nice people.  She just wanders about and eventually comes home - around feeding time.  Yesterday, Lauren and I spent...

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