Kit Smithson

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There is a farm out of McMinnville Oregon, north of Salem about 25 miles, that is now raising olives. I understand they're growing well, but the trees are only about 3-5 years old so far.
My son set up a 12-ton hydraulic press for me to make apple juice. It works like a charm, and is so much more efficient than the pretty round oak apple juice presses. I get 5 gallons of juice from 15 gallons of whole apples. If I could get enough olives, I'd definitely try pressing them with this contraption. I explained our process with pictures here: http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/country-homemaking/preserving-harvest/419804-pressing-apple-juice-hf-12-ton-hydraulic-press.html
I watched a TV program about pressing olives with a small-farm press, and thought my Harbor Freight press should work, although it may have some waste.
Kit
8 years ago
Our pigs don't eat the chickens, and they didn't bother the baby skunks who were hanging around. We had a sow who chased off something that threatened her little piglets, but we never did figure out exactly what it was. Two of our sheep got taken by a cougar this spring, and the pigs were sharing the paddock. In fact, the pigs cleaned up the carcasses down to the bones. I wouldn't count on pigs as guard animals.
Kit
8 years ago
Hi, I'm new to this forum, I'm in mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon and I and my neighbor have AGH. The only complaints I have raising AGH are that the babies are small enough to scoot through cattle panels, and that the bellies are thinner than "big pink pigs." I end up brining skinned bellies, then rolling and tying before putting the bacon into the smoker. It comes out round, and I just cut out circles to fry. The cheeks make good bacon, too.

I have pure AGH and AGH/PBP crosses. I've had remarkable response to selling weaners this fall, though. I still have 2 pigs yet to farrow, but all the other piglets are already sold. And yes, we do eat them, we butcher entirely ourselves, and they're excellent meat.

Hmm, I can't seem to get back to see people's responses, so I don't know the name, but the person who wanted lard for soap making? If you're still interested, let me know, as I have a couple sacks in the freezer.

Kit.S
8 years ago