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Pigs stack well with our grassfed beef

By Aaron and Melissa Miller We’ve been raising pigs on pasture for the past 12 years. Our beef customers were asking about pork, and we decided it was a good candidate to round out our meat selection at the various markets we serve. Pigs have become a profit center for us because we’re able to […]

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Gunthorp and his Durocs

The fame and struggles of Gunthorp Farms

Serving high-end restaurants isn’t always easy LaGrange, Indiana — Gunthorp Farms is famous. Superstar chefs laud the farm’s pork in big-city magazines and food publications. The name Gunthorp is all over the menu at Frontera Grill, one of Chicago’s best-known and most decorated restaurants. Big-time politicians in three states have bestowed honors, and Gunthorp Farms […]

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Pigs graze in the woods

Trees and pasture can grow together

Silvopasture important part of diversified Forks Farm grazing By Tracy Frisch Orangeville, Pennsylvania— For many graziers, the woodlot is a place where the livestock end up when they break through the fence. For others, it’s a poorly managed shade lounge for hot summer afternoons. For John Hopkins, trees represent a natural extension of his pasture […]

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Changing behavior through genetics

By Jim Van Der Pol, Kerkhoven, Minnesota — As was noted in the last issue, changes we have made in our equipment, building layout, and feed production seem to have helped with our hog behavior and health problems. Feed production adds more work, while the equipment (pens) and building layout are small additional capital costs […]

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How much forage can a non-ruminant handle?

With high grain prices the new reality, it’s time to find out By Jim Van Der Pol Kerkhoven, Minnesota — For years we have fed a little hay in winter to gestating sows by throwing a small bale in their bedding every few days. This is no big deal, especially when compared to the summer […]

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Setting up the gestating sow system

By Jim Van Der Pol, Kerkhoven, Minnesota — Hogs fit on grass farms: It is up to the grazier to decide how. In our combination crop and livestock farm, the hogs are a better market than the elevator for the field crops. Hogs also provide a good balance in the cropping scheme through their ability […]

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