Friday, October 9, 2009
Where are the Red Wattles ?!?!
October 9, 2009
The above piglets are Duroc crosses we just purchased from an organic farmer friends of ours. This group represents the first group of piglets to be grown in the fall on our farm. In years past we've just grown a few over summer for ourselves and family. First there were 5, then 10, then 15 and this last year we raised and sold 20. Still not nearly enough to meet the needs of the restaurants who've heard of our farm. So this next years goal is to raise 50 pastured hogs for market and we want RED WATTLES. A heritage hog breed which was near extinction 20 years ago, we've researched them and decided they are the future for Green Acres Farm.
Next week we are planning a trip to visit a Red Wattle breeder in another state. We've heard these gentle giants, which can easily reach 1000 lbs, are great meat producers and good mama's. That means we have a lot of work ahead of us in building of hog huts and fences. Thats a good thing since with winter just around the corner I was afraid we might run out of work to do. !