First calf of 2016.

Well our newest member. Bout time. We was starting to worry a bit, but finally here he is. Hopefully the rest will all domino soon.

Well now we have to decide what to do with all the extra milk. Most of it will be fed to the pigs. They will be in hog heaven. Not to mention it will help cut feed cost.

 

Here he is. Probably name him hamburger or T-bone as he will more than likely end up in our freezer.

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Here is mamma being returned to her calf after being milked early this morning.

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Best Pork!!!

Slaughtered some of our AGHs (American Guinea Hogs) this weekend. These pigs are some of the best pork you will ever eat. It is so delicious. There really is no way to explain it till you try it yourself.  These guys come out with the family dinner size hams, shoulders, ribs, etc. for approximately a family of four.

On a side note we are registered AGH breeders and almost always have hogs for sell. Feel free to contact us.

 

This one never made it to the freezer. It went straight to the BBQ pit. We just could not wait to eat one and after butchering a few of these guys we are gonna have an appetite worked up like a big grizzly bear.

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Gotta have your drinks in one of your favorite cups while working.

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Photo bomber!!!

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REPLACEMENTS!!!!

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New Born American Guinea Hogs

These piglets are less than two hours old in this video. They are some of the most docile, disease resistant, self sufficient, loveable, climate tolerant, do well on pasture, etc. pigs you will ever find. You couldn’t ask for a better pig on your homestead. If you have a homestead and are wanting to be self sufficient these guys are for you. We almost always have pigs for sale. Feel free to contact us with questions. We are registered breeders. Located in South Texas.

 

 

Spending time with our AGH boar

Ernie is just a big baby. He is so spoiled and loves to be scratched. We enjoy spending time with our animals. They need to have a happy life and we do what we can. If you are at all interested in buying any American Guinea Hogs we are registered breeders with registered stock and almost always have some for sale.

 

Getting some freezer meat

Neighbors came over and we butchered us a hog. Estimated live weight was 400lbs. We are figuring conservatively and with that said we imagine we got 50% live weight in freezer meat which put approximately 200lbs of pork in the freezer. Considering we do not have all the best processing tools we end up boning out a lot of the meat for meat chunks and sausage (we prefer pan sausage). Also we have very few large cuts as we have to make sure everything fits in our food saver bags.

 

 

Having a tractor and pallet forks makes butchering animals so much easier.

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Skinned and gutting.

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Having a sawzall and turning the blade upside down makes cutting the breast and back bone easy.

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Enjoying time with our animals.

Kids enjoying petting the rabbits and pigs. Notice they are petting a sow in one of the pictures and the boar just walked up plopped down and laid his head in her lap wanting to be petted also.

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Pig Feed trough

We decided the pigs needed a feed trough of some sort. After gathering some cedar fence pickets and squaring off the dog eared ends with a skill saw. We got out a trim gun and nailed them together. There was no plans or thought put in to it. It was just thrown together. Now from here we can see what we like or dont like for the next one we build. We will see how our prototype works before we build another or change the design.

 

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Picking up left over produce / compost.

One of the ways we get feed for our animals is to pick up left over produce or what some call compost. There is always all kind of goodies for the animals. We feed this to all of our animals, but do have to be careful depending on what we are giving to which animal. This is a great way to cut feed cost, mingle with great people, spread the word about local farming, and just get a quick break from the farm.

 

Full load of goodies for the animals. The hog will be eating high on the hog tonight.

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Loading the goodies in the tractor to distribute to all the animals. Our tractor has to be on of the most useful tools we have. Its like having 20 more people working for us. The Mahindra 4wd 4025 model is what we have and we love it.

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We always have to be thankful for our kids because they always lend us a helping hand. Kids love animals and what better reward for them, but to spend time feeding and watering animals. there is always entertainment watching the chickens peck.

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Here is a few of our AGH piggies chowin down on the wholesome goodies. These guys are so easy goin. They love these wonderful treats they get a few times a week.

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Cleaning pig pens today and scratchin pigs.

Cleaning pig pens aint always fun, but its gotta get done, but when we take a break to scratch and love on the pigs we enjoy it as much as they do. Also when scratching the pigs and giving belly rubs it gives us a chance to look at them up close for anything out of the normal.

 

Cleaning the pen and the little piglets makin a mess of our raked piles.

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They let us scratch, rub, pet, and even play with their teeth.

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Using a leaf rake is the easiest way to give them a good scratchin.

 

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When using the leaf rake they love it so much they go from standing to almost just falling over to get all they can.

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Also we like our music when hangin out and doing chores. Sometimes you just cant get the sound to where you are at. Then we discovered the block rocker. Has battery life for up to 50 hrs, Blue Tooth, microphone, usb connection to charge your phone or mp3 player, and auxiliary input.

 

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