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Our first pig on the stead

 
Jeremey Weeks
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We picked up a 5 week old Duroc. The plan is for her to grow up and have lots of babies named things like "bacon", "sausage" etc.

 
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shes a beauty!
 
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I put up a video of Charlotte, our piglet. She's getting her first taste of mammoth clover. I can't wait to get her in the paddocks. We're a few weeks from being ready for that.

http://thishappyhomestead.com/2013/08/26/pig-motion/
 
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Jeremey Weeks wrote:I put up a video of Charlotte, our piglet. She's getting her first taste of mammoth clover. I can't wait to get her in the paddocks. We're a few weeks from being ready for that.

http://thishappyhomestead.com/2013/08/26/pig-motion/


Any updates on Charlotte?
 
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Damian, Charlotte is pushing 200 lbs now.

Here's a pic, though it's a little old...


That was taken at the end of November.

Charlotte just went through her first heat. She was a little later than we expected (or we missed her first). Next month, she'll be 8 months old. We're planning on AIing her (artificial insemination) as well as our Hereford gilt, Lucy.

We already have plans for a couple of the piglets-to-be. My better half is talking to Lauren and Brandon Sheard of Farmstead Meatsmith. We've asked them to come out this fall to check the quality of the pork.

If anyone is interested, they can check our "retail" site for dates... http://beautifulnazarethfarms.com/

Charlotte isn't going to be harvested, but hopefully one of her children will be ready to go.

 
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She's a beauty. Do you plan on doing the butchering yourself?

Jeremey Weeks wrote:Damian, Charlotte is pushing 200 lbs now.

Here's a pic, though it's a little old...


That was taken at the end of November.

Charlotte just went through her first heat. She was a little later than we expected (or we missed her first). Next month, she'll be 8 months old. We're planning on AIing her (artificial insemination) as well as our Hereford gilt, Lucy.

We already have plans for a couple of the piglets-to-be. My better half is talking to Lauren and Brandon Sheard of Farmstead Meatsmith. We've asked them to come out this fall to check the quality of the pork.

If anyone is interested, they can check our "retail" site for dates... http://beautifulnazarethfarms.com/

Charlotte isn't going to be harvested, but hopefully one of her children will be ready to go.

 
Jeremey Weeks
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I may eventually butcher pigs that are for the family, but most will go to a processor.

I haven't found one that vacuum packs yet. Hopefully there's a processor nearby that can do that for us.
 
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