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This week we started a brand new adventure on our farm. We got our first batch of pigs!
The pigs that we are raising are a lesser known breed called an Iowa Swabian Hall. This breed traces its roots back to 1820's Germany. While the breed started to die out in the 1960's as customers preferred leaner pork, this breed has been seeing a renaissance in the US in the last decade. This breed of pork has won many taste testing competitions and is prized by chefs in the midwest.
We're finding them to be very curious, but also very smart. This week we will begin training them to our electric fencing system so that we can be sure they are contained. We hope to have them trained by this weekend and begin the process of moving them around our farm and through our woods. By moving them regularly, the pigs stay healthier and it helps improve our soils and grass growth too! Pigs are also awesome because they can help us to thin out some invasive species that we have on the farm.
We'll be posting more pig photos and videos all summer on facebook and instagram, but here are some pictures from the first few days we've had them.