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How to fatten pigs

Fattening Pigs In the past, animals were seen to have two distinct phases of their lives: Growing the frame and Fattening.  Animals would be raised in near starvation situations for years until it was time to put fat on, in which they would then be fed all the food they needed in order to reach the appropriate weight for slaughter.  Because of this two phase method, cows often were three or four years old before placed on pasture of high enough quality to put on fat and two or three years for sheep.  This two phase process was eventually combined…

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Why you should eat Lard

I don’t know what it is about pigs, but I love raising them.  Of all the animals we have, pigs have been the easiest to take care of, needed the least attention and hey, they give us bacon.  But don’t forget the other fantastic product they give us: Lard Eww lard, right?  I know that’s what everyone is saying.  I mean just the thought of deep frying something in lard makes you gain a pound.  But it’s not as bad as you think, just hear me out. Bacon pigs versus Lard pigs At Flip Flop Ranch, we raise American Guinea…

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in Farming, Livestock, Pigs

The new Guinea Hogs are here

Yes that’s right.  They have arrived.  Finally.  I’ve been excited over our new guinea hogs for months now since we purchased them and have just been waiting for the delivery of two adult pairs (one pregnant) and the other pair with five piglets.  Why am I so excited?  Well, besides just loving pigs, we tasted our last processed hog. OMG It was amazing. To be honest, I hate pork chops.  They’ve always been dry and tasteless no matter how well we cook them or what recipe we use.  We had guinea hog pork chops the other day and there was…

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Fascinating fun facts about pigs

* Baby pigs appear very greedy when they are competing for food from their mothers. For this reason the words “pig” and “hog” have become associated with greedy behavior. * Pigs have a well developed sense of smell. They can find things underground and have been used to find truffles, a French delicacy, or to sniff out drugs in service to policemen * Soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers. * A mature pig has 44 teeth. The canine teeth, called tusks, grow continuously and are sharpened by the lowers…

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