Pork…with a little help from our friends….

by David

20140613_12….as Thistle Hill pork aficionados have learned, it’s a waiting game!  Fattening pigs mostly on pasture takes a long time.  But now we think we have found “the trick”.  Or tricks!

Organic, non-GMO feed, is twice as expensive, but Rich Hamilton of Elim Springs farm convinced us, on a recent visit, to triple the daily allowance.  It takes about 6 pounds a day just to maintain a pig so every ounce over that is what adds the weight.  We had them at maintenance….wasting time.

And then Reality Farms’ John and Terry Guevremont made available the left-over raw milk from their grass fed dairy cows and the pigs are practically exploding.  As you can see from the picture, they’re often too stuffed to even make it to the trough.  Used to be they would practically climb the fence.  That’s grandson Church Humphreys doing chores.

We expect pork about the end of the month.  Make sure you’re on our mailing list.  info@thistlehill.net