Hogs devour new pasture

As we get more and more fencing completed we are planting pastures and groves for the pigs to rotate through.  In the video below we had just moved the young hogs into a fresh wheat field.  It did not take long for them to get to work on it!

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Latest food safety crisis – they were feeding the pigs what????

Like many Americans I was concerned about the recent pet food recall and the harm done to possibly a large number of pets.  But I was shocked and disgusted to later hear that poisons actually reached food animals.  In case you have not heard – it turns out that REJECT PET FOOD was fed to pigs and chickens in several states.  And not just any pigs and chickens but animals soley intended for human food. 

What are people thinking feeding REJECT pet food to pigs and chickens?  Are they crazy?  Do you want to eat an animal that ate something not suitable for your dog to eat?  Geez!

A lot of “light” is being shed by this event – such as the lax inspection of imported foods, the questionable ingredients in pet (and other) foods, and the feeding practices of commercial hog and chicken growers.  I just hope the reforms that should be put in place are and that they result in transparency for consumers to really understand what they are getting in their foods.

Walnut Harvest – An early Christmas for Turkeys

Walnut harvest is just wrapping up and the turkeys have discovered the joys of eating the leftover walnuts.  They venture deep into the orchard everyday to find nuts the tractor has run over.  And whenever a human goes into the orchard they are followed by at least 20 birds waiting for the nuts to be crushed underfoot.  They have even found the huller with its store of cracked nuts that fell out of the equipment.  They just LOVE the nuts and can eat and eat and eat.

With the change in weather we are finding the turkeys eat more nuts and grains and have less of an appetite for their natural turkey crumbles.  It might be because they are finished growing and are now putting on fat.  Or it could be that nuts just taste better!  But where I used to go through about 50lbs of turkey crumbles a day I am now just going through about 10 lbs.