Monday, May 21, 2012
Our latest porcine addition to the farm is a pair of Large Black heritage hogs. They are the future mothers of Frith Farm piglets, currently betrothed to our young Tamworth boar. They are barely 40 lbs now, but by early next year should be pushing 600 lbs or more. Even at this size, Large Blacks are known for their docility (partly due to their large floppy ears that impair their eyesight), their forage ability, their mothering traits, and their excellent meat quality. Right now our little Large Blacks are known on the farm for their unequivocal cuteness.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
While perhaps the state's most tired pun, 'Mainely' applies to our lambs in that they are Katahdins, a breed developed in Maine and named for the highest mountain. I will of course avoid all puns describing Katahdins as the pinnacle of breeding success, or the highest point on Maine's ovine landscape. The meat breed requires no shearing and is known for its natural resistance to parasites. We brought in 6 lambs this year, and hope to breed a few of the females this fall, with the rest for meat. They have the sweetest disposition of any of our animals, and bah with eagerness at their daily move to new pasture.