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Raising a Hog

June 18, 2013
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Raising a Hog

For several years now, we have been raising our own meat.  It may sound hard and complicated but it really isn’t that hard.  My men and boys around here may have just laughed at me for saying that since basically my contribution in the meat raising department is just about nothing.  I mean, I do…

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Pastured Pork

May 16, 2011
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Pastured Pork

We love farm raised meat!  We’ve been raising our own meat for several years now and it’s been such a blessing to our family.  Last year, our momma pig had 5 piglets who have now grown up and are ready to head to the butcher.  I’m so excited about this for a couple of reasons: First,…

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Upcoming Fall Ramblings

September 17, 2009
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Ever feel like you fell off the wagon 3 miles back and have been running behind its dust trail trying to catch back up with it?  Or feel like the mound of laundry grows to monster size proportions in seconds and you’re under it? If you can’t multi-task in the midst of a sand storm…

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Pig Sitting and Delivery

August 19, 2009
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This is kind of a farm update, but also a fun look at the “little things” of farm life that we over look so much of the time.  I say little things, because when we think of owning animals we think of caring for them, feeding them, etc…  But we don’t often remember that those…

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2009 Pigs

May 21, 2009
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2009 Pigs

We have pigs again.  Actually, one of the pigs is our cousin’s pig.  We are pig-sitting for them until the pig grows big enough to go into their pasture and not escape.  We bought these ready to be weaned pigs from another family who lives near us. Our 17 year old friend already castrated and cut the teeth of…

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Factory Farms and Swine Flu

April 28, 2009
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Quite a bit of information is coming out about the swine flu “pandemic”.  Here’s one of the thought provoking articles I read,  Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic.  Large-scale swine producers in Mexico deny that their industry is the source of the deadly new influenza strain, saying the animals are…

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Bailout, Pork, and Treason

October 4, 2008
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Bailout, Pork, and Treason

$700,000,000,000.00 is child’s play for those serious about destroying our nation. We use to call folks who betrayed our nation traitors and saw them hangin on the end of a rope.   Now we joke about their betrayal and we see them dangling in the funny papers. No one believed Rome could fall, but now her…

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Pig 1 and Pig 2

September 15, 2008
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Pig 1 and Pig 2

One of the questions we were asked recently was about our pigs…. So here is a brief overview of what we have learned with pig 1 and pig 2… We recently took pig 2 to the butcher shop and we are absolutely thrilled with the difference in taste and quality of meat between pig 1 and pig 2.  With…

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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

August 22, 2008
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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

Today we were quite busy.  We took a trip to the butcher shop to pick up our meat.  We took all the coolers and freezer bags we had and still needed more…so the children ended up packing some of the meat in plastic bags and putting it inside boxes.  We froze on the way home with the air…

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From Field to Table..Family Style Food Production

August 5, 2008
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From Field to Table..Family Style Food Production

Since moving to the farm, we have had a crash course with the concept of food going from the field to table…family style.  I will be the first to admit that at first it was at first very strange concept.  We, like the majority of Americans, were completely disconnected from knowing where our food came from.  However, lately we…

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Head ’em up, move ’em out…

August 4, 2008
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The day has arrived and we are downsizing here at Vaughnshire (for a change!).  We will be less one cow, one pig and two lambs out in the pasture —  We’re off to the butcher…that is if we can manage to catch them all! 

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Friends in the Pasture

April 29, 2008
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Friends in the Pasture

This year, we chose a female pig.  For those who haven’t heard our pig story from last year, you may want to go check it out.  Last year we had a male pig and that came with the duty to remove certain parts so he would grow into a nice, meat pig.  However, this year came…

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Spring Cleaning

March 18, 2008
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Spring Cleaning

With spring comes an increase in the amount of things to do around here on the farm as well.  The boys have all kinds of baby, toddler and laying chickens to manage and are scurrying around trying to put together plans for an egg-mobile.  We also just acquired a new pig.  I am not sure…

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Lard Pictures

December 6, 2007
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Lard Pictures

Beth promised photos of our lard rendering excitement, so instead of editing her post and retroactively adding them, I will add them in a step by step format. First cube the fat Count your son’s fingers when he is finished Cook it down.  We found that our new “crock pot oven” worked great. We added…

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Giving Thanks for Freezer Space

December 5, 2007
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Giving Thanks for Freezer Space

Mrs. C. brought this ad to us last weekend.  Apparently we were not the only one’s who had a Monster Turkey for Thanksgiving! – Great ad!.. However, in our case, the turkey was not fighting for space in the freezer – he was too busy taking up oven space.  It was the cow and the…

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