Sept 2016 Piggies

Fall is coming on and we’re working on getting ready for the upcoming seasons. Garlic has been harvested and dried. 185 bundles of a dozen each. Good responses from everyone who has tried the cloves. Unanimous: best I’ve ever tasted! That is the same compliment we get on our pork!

We have Mulefoot piglets and adults for sale. Hoping to downsize somewhat. Please email or call if you are interested in getting some of these gentle, docile pigs. They are good mothers and are winter-hardy.

Our first pure red Mulefoots have been doing really well. One of the litters had one red, four black and two spotted. The reds and spotted ones were considered extinct after the 1920’s. It is a rare color variant gene. A recessive gene that is expressed in these recent pigs. Our first two reds, Luscious and Lucille, were from registered, purebred, black Mulefoots. As were the grandparents and earlier generations. The Vet we bought them from was as excited as we to talk about these genetics. We did find out that the country of Columbia has the reds and spotted single-hoofed pigs at a certain company. But the genetics have not been compared yet.

We sold the majority of our Mulefoot and Mangalitsa herds to a fine fellow North of us. He has a good business sense and is doing well. We were a bit sad to see them go, but are happy to have less cost and work of all those pigs.

Soon we’ll be harvesting a couple pigs for the winter. Of course we’ll be sharing some of the marvelous bacon, ham and sausage with friends.

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