We have entered a new and exciting era at Bel Canto Farm. We are very excited to introduce you to our heritage, pastured kunekune pork products. Treat yourself to locally produced, humanely raised, hormone and antibiotic free succulent, flavorful kunekune pork. In our opinion, there is no other pork like it. Supplies are limited, so don't delay. Contact us for availability! 607.387.7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear the latest information on selecting the right grass for your pasture from Dr. Frank Rossi, our "grass guy".
We are very excited at Bel Canto Farm to see the first results of our hard work, selective breeding and humane practices. This photo is an example of the amount of pork product produced from a pastured,10.5 month old kunekune. We have identified each cut and their weight in pounds as a visual for our customers. The next processing date is in December and we will have more pork available for sale at that time.
A sows ability to deliver average and above litter size is one of the important criteria we use to determine her value in our herd. My most recent experience with our largest sow delivering only two piglets led me to inquire with my local vet and do a little research.
One explanation was found in research connecting colostrum intake to future fertility in offspring. Not only does colostrum provide a newborn piglet with additional nutrients needed to survive, it also contains a hormone called relaxin that supports development of the reproductive tract.
It is an interesting and informative assay posted by National HogFarmer. The assay can be read in entirety here.
I am a very tired farmer after sitting up until 4am to watch over a sow farrowing in the night on March 24 - 25. After hours of watching her push and not much happening I was up to my elbow, 'in pig', to help the first of these two little adorable creams enter the world. Shortly after the second followed and although a small litter, we have two adorable boars. They look 'heavenly' as their bright cream coats just shimmer.
Piglets are born amazingly well developed and have a strong instinct to nurse. From the moment they enter the world they search out the sows teats and begin nursing. Their eyes are open and they know exactly were to go. The sow will continue birthing while the new arrivals, one by one, go to her to nurse.
A pretty amazing sight to behold. I am tired but in awe of the entire process. One of the perks of being a farmer - watching new life enter the world.
Running the farm often includes finding the best way to market. We have been trying a number of popular "farm" magazines that appeal to us. Here is our latest approach with a feature article from Hobby Farms!
Supplementing the smallest wee one with a bottle. Her name is 'Joy'. Such a fight to survive. Time will tell if Mother Nature will be kind to her.
A long happy life for our gal 'Hoot' - twenty good years. The photo shows Hoot enjoying the sunset during her last night with us. The following day I held her head as we laid her to rest. Life comes and goes on the farm. We will miss her bright eyes!
The piglets venture outside at two weeks of age. Beautiful gingers with adorable round heads and tight snouts. So Darn Cute!
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