|Weaned pigs, ready to go|
|Curious, alert and social: the perfect livestock|
I try to take the time to go and say hello and that they're welcome to take pictures, and if I have a litter of piglets or two or three I'll offer to take them to look at them. Piglets are pretty popular. Or I'll give them some fruit that they can throw to the pigs and that's pretty popular, too.
|We get a variety of colors in our pigs|
It's funny because I often get a guilty reaction when they realize that I've seen them taking pictures. I practice visible farming, and that sometimes means that people have judgements about what I do, or how I do things, and that's fine. I work hard to keep an open mind and answer peoples questions.
Our current production model for pigs is to make them completely invisible to the average consumer; they're raised in buildings, isolated from people, and you just never see them, even if you are traveling through the heart of pork country in iowa.
|They're in a stock trailer while they're being weaned and waiting for their new home|
|And well started on solid food. We wean onto commercial feed because that's what most folks feed their pigs so there's no transition shock.|
|These three are at 135 pounds or so, marked for market. They'll be sold as BBQ pigs.|