195 Isaac Frye Hwy. Wilton, NH 03086 Google Map 603-654-6082/ 603-721-6426

Our fabulous pigs!

Few creatures on the farm bring as many smiles to the faces of our visitors and farmers as our pigs. What makes our pigs so happy, curious, approachable and content?  It all starts with knowing what conditions foster pig contentment and it all starts (on the farmer end of things) with actually loving pigs for what they are, what they do and the gifts they give to us of their work and their meat.  So, enjoy the slideshow, but even better, come visit the farm and see our pigs up close.

Four of our older sows when they were just wee little pigletsNothing more curious than a piglet and its incredible little snout.Who wouldn't be happy in this green grass?Queenie just before farrowing (giving birth to piglets).market hogs putting their heads togetherour original sows (still producing now) at 8 weeks of ageLucille nursing her pigletscompeting at the trough with Muscovy drake looking onyoung market hogs with smaller pig mobile in the background.  Pigs enjoy the occasional mud to cool off, but they want their bed to be dry, which is what the pig-mobile provides for themPatrick rooting through a field of oats and turnips, December 2013Pearl (on left) and sister, Ruby (both young sows) born on the farm from our own stockLucille enjoying some food as her piglets enjoy some nursing. Piglets often nurse standing up as the sow eatsOne of our portable pig/farrowing huts.  Inexpensive to build, easy to move with pallet forks, safe for new piglets. The upper roof on this pen opens up for "sneak peek" of new pigletsFuture sows. These are "gilts," the term for young female pigletsEnjoying the remains of the pea harvest.  Our pig fencing is simple and effective.  Our electric fences carry a pulsating charge of between 5 and 8 kilovolts (depending on environmental conditions).  Breaking through the brush!  An engaged pig is a happy pig (which also makes for happy farmers)!  Never surprise a group of pigs in the woods; they scatter to the four corners.  No wonder we have zero pig losses to predators.Market pigs with our large pig-mobile.  This pig-mobile functions as both a dry shelter and transport from paddock to paddock.  No matter where the pigs are on the farm, their home stays the same.  We keep it full of bedding.  This unit can comfortably house 25 pigs from 6 weeks of age to 6 or 7 month of age.Market pigs enjoying the great outdoors. The electrified twine fencing is all we use for fencing our pigs (from piglets to boars, year-round and through the snowy winter).  The ultimate in flexibility and portability!Market pigs out in the field/woodsGertie loves a scratch behind the earQueenie, one of our original sows.  She was actually given to us for free (rather than be sent to the butcher.  She farrowed 14 piglets her first litter (unassisted) and continues to put out big, hardy litters.Lucille, sister to Gertie, and one of our original sows.  Her breeding is mixed, but her easy temperament, high productivity, and hardiness makes her a superb sow for our pasture-based, no-fuss system.  If you're a sow who needs help giving birth or who doesn't allow us to approach her and her piglets right after birth then you don't belong on this farm.  I want each piglet to experience (from birth) no fear from humans.   Gertie, one of our original sows in prime pig habitat (a little bit of forest/brush and a little bit of pasture)newborn piglets "pig-piling" in the back end of the field farrowing hutsPatrick, our younger boar and son of Big Red (our original herd sire) sharing with a few visiting hens. Patrick was born on March 17, 2012 on an unusually warm day of 85 degrees. Andrew with Patrick (our young boar) and Pearl  (one of our young sows), December 2013Few things make pigs happier than fresh beddingAndrew with our young boar, Patrick (left) and a young sow, Golda (rt.) Andrew and a not so timid pigletBetcha didn't know pigs howl at the sun?  Our pigs do!Even piglets need hugsPigs basking the early Spring (still feels like Winter) sun!new piglets, April 2014Piglets can't help but root!Mob nursing: patient Lucille feeds the hungry masses!Big Red, our original herd boar, chills out in his wallow dreaming of �...Big piglets shuffling, jostling, sliding into a pile in the sun.

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