The barrows went to the butcher over the summer and produced some excellent meat. When we first started keeping American Guinea Hogs, we didn't really believe that they would graze the pasture. So we fed them free-choice and they put on a thick layer of fat. With the next batch, we cut back to timed feedings and mixed in some alfalfa and pasture grass. They are putting on lean muscle and looking very nice. All three sows farrowed and the piglets are doing well. If you haven't already ordered your side of pork for 2015, better get in touch soon. They go fast!
We keep cattle, hogs, turkeys, and chickens. We give them all access to pasture, and do not keep any of them caged. This reduces the stress on the animals and means that they are eating grasses, seeds, roots, and lots and lots of insects. When the chickens can get the seeds and insects that they love, their eggs develop lovely deep orange yolks that are nice and firm and stand up well in a pan. If you've ever cracked a store-bought "grade A" egg and gotten a pale yellow yolk and a white that spread out to cover the entire bottom of the pan, come try a pastured farm egg and find out what you're missing. The benefits of letting animals live the way they prefer don't stop with the eggs. Grass fed beef is lower in cholesterol and higher in Omega acids. In other words, what's better for the animals is also better for you!