Dawson Valley Free Range

Dawson Valley Free Range

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pork for Sale - July 2012

We'll be selling our next lot of pork in the next couple of weeks. This is one of the porkers a few weeks ago.
He's in a pen with quite a few others and here are some more photos.
Who said that pigs don't eat grass?? Unfortunately there are a lot of people that think that pigs don't and that they are quite happy in sheds!
These are happy pigs. They love having a wallow to lie in. Wallows keep them cool in summer, so are essential. The mud also helps to stop sun burn. As it cools down it's not as important, but they still use them. They then lie out in the sun and sunbake.
We use self feeders for the grower pigs. The idea is that they eat what they need. It's important to make sure there's plenty of grass, or else they could spend all day at the feed bin. It's really necessary for pigs to have a grain ration, but a pasture diet ensures their meat (and fat) is nutritious.

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