Blog Entries: Hogs

We have created this blog categorization system as a way to organize and preserve the daily blogs written about our farming life. We hope you find this categorization system helpful.

The following blog entries are all related in some way to the topic of swine. They may cover any one or more of the following topics:
ethics
husbandry
reproduction
feeding
housing
regulatory oversight
marketing
profitability

Or they may simply be essays about some aspect of keeping hogs. We hope you find something useful here, or at least some pleasant reading.

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Enjoy!


Is Michigan Really Outlawing Farm Hogs?
March 28, 2012


Preview of this blog entry:
"A few months ago, we started hearing some very odd stories about a new law in Michigan, regarding feral hog control. The first hints of this story came in the form of borderline hysterical or alarmist emails that went out to several of the different livestock and farming email groups that I subscribe to. The emails made wild accusations that the MI state government was going to start shooting hogs even if they were on farms. Other emails claimed that the state was adopting Nazi-type tactics about being able to search farms without a warrant, to find and destroy certain breeds of hog. While the Internet is fabulous at helping to disseminate information, it’s just as capable of disseminating mis-information. So when those types of emails come across my desk, without any supporting documentation or reference to an actual law or legislative bill, and particularly if they are merely quotes from some editorial commentary, I generally ignore them.

Then I started to see some of our small scale hog producers on one of the hog lists talking about the new MI policy. And this time, they provided more solid information, with references..."

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Breeding Pigs with Artificial Insemination
June 2, 2011


Preview of this blog entry:
"This past winter, I wrote about using Artificial Insemination (AI) as a preferred method for breeding pigs. AI has several advantages over working with live boars - easier than transporting either the sow or boar, less disease risk, easier for the handler, and more bloodline choices. So we looked forward to AI’ing our two young gilts in March.

Of course, life in general and farming in particular rarely ever go strictly according to plan. Such was the case this spring for us..."

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Romancing The Sow
January 18, 2011


Preview of this blog entry:
"Pig romance is in the air on the farm today. One of our gilts is in heat, and it’s time to find Mr. Right. But that’s not as straightforward as it might seem.

There are three basic ways a small scale farm can breed their pigs - bring a boar to the farm, take the gilts or sows to the boar, or use Artificial Insemination. As convenient and "natural" as the first two options may seem compared to the third, they don't pencil out very often..."

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