Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Pigs

Free range pigs….

….well, we hadn’t planned it that way.  At least, not yet! But these two piglets must have overheard me say I’d like to try letting some pigs roam our woods, gorging themselves on acorns to their heart’s content. In any event, despite the picture, they’re on their own.  But they do come home twice a […]

In praise of The Pig….

….I admit that I was never much of a fan of pork….until we started raising (and cooking) our Tamworth pigs. We’ve all been schooled to over-cook our pork and so restaurant chops are almost always dry and bacon fried to the taste of old shoe leather.  Now we look forward to the next harvesting as […]

The “high” cost of pork….

….we’ve been warning that, because of increased feed and processing costs, our pork prices will be higher this time.  But not this high: Thanks to Keith Smith for the link.  

None dare call it Big Ag….

….or Big Government, for that matter. The giant hog farms are in the midst of a desperate struggle to save their piglet crop.  Reuters is reporting a devastating virus has now hit about 200 farms in a dozen states and is spreading.  No one is estimating how many piglets have died but the mortality rate […]


….well, we took a deep breath and released our month-old piglets into the woods.  Not quite freedom though; a two strand polywire  electric fence is holding them to about a half acre. They come back for food and water and to sleep in an old stall, but we’ve noticed a decline in feed consumption, probably because […]


….I’ve been feeling for some time that the recent group of pigs that we’ve been fattening were better-behaved than some in the past.  Truthfully, when pigs get about this size, I am on guard.  They’re powerful enough to knock you down.  And they’ve staggered me several times. Certainly, the pigs have been rough on each […]

Bacon on the way…

….well, not yet.  First these piglets have a vacation in store for them at Thistle Hill farm.  And a new feeding ground, too.  This picture was taken at Deb and Curry Parker’s farm near Culpeper, Virginia.  We are Tamworth fans and we think they raise the best! We have been fattening our pigs on pasture….with plenty […]

Piglet’s first time….

….rolling in the mud.  There can’t be a photo that better captures pure joy.  The photo and the pig belong to Mike Jones, who just purchased some cows here at Thistle Hill.  (see “Parting is sweet sorrow” below) This little Tamworth pig was lucky enough to find some mud her first day in the pasture.

Don’t forget me….

….”Bacon” was a little late for the photo shoot but followed along the fence until her picture was taken. We enjoy the pigs so much we often consider raising our own.  But that requires feeding a big sow year-around and dealing with a boar, too.  Besides, the folks who supply our piglets, Deb and Curry Parker, […]


….from the pig pasture.  We never seem to have any trouble getting our pigs to pose.  I guess when you know you’re beautiful…. They’re approaching 200 pounds now and thriving with the new non-GMO feed we’ve been giving them.  Soon, we’ll take delivery of four more piglets and plan to have 8 to 12 at any […]