Chickens and pigs
Mark and I are about 50%
decided to finally branch out into new livestock this year.
Long-time readers will know I've seriously considered dairy goats and sheep, but pigs just have a lot
going for them as starter livestock for our farm. Most
importantly, I remember seeing hand-lettered signs on the bulletin
board in our local post office last spring about weanling pigs for
sale, which means we could buy a couple of piglets, raise them as
"broilers" and then put them in the freezer in the fall. Another
bonus is that we'd need to do a lot of ripping up perennials to turn
any new areas into pasture, and pigs are really good at ripping things
up. Even though there would definitely be a learning curve,
fattening two pigs would be a low-enough-risk proposition that it got
the Mark seal of approval.
Our chicken waterer makes it easy to keep free range flocks on pasture.
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