Why We Raise our Pigs in Barns

Can you believe that we’re already into the middle of October?! Time has flown by, and I haven’t even acknowledged something very important this month.

October is National Pork Month and we’re getting closer to winter, so in honor of that I’m going to explain why we raise our pigs indoors.

Indoor Living

We raise our pigs indoors on concrete slats. The flooring has slats so that the manure from the hogs has somewhere to go. It collects in a pit below the building and we have to empty this pit every once in awhile to spread manure on our corn fields.

We raise them inside so that they are protected from predators and other animals that could be carrying diseases. In southern Iowa we have a large population of coyotes. While they haven’t been an issue to us yet, we still take precaution to protect our pigs from them. As a side note.. Some bird diseases can be transferable to pigs, so this is another reason we raise our pigs indoors, to keep them away from birds.

We are able to keep a better eye on the pigs and treat them for diseases if needed and accordingly.

Climate Control

We can control their climate. In the summer we are able to keep the building nice and cool, and in the winter we keep it nice and toasty so they can stay warm.

What Works for our Family

We raise pigs indoor because this is what works for our family. We’re better able to provide for the pig throughout the entire growing process by raising them inside our barns.

We Eat the Pork we Raise

Andrew, (the Farmer) works hard to raise our pigs ethically and humanely. He feeds them a nutritious diet and only treats them with antibiotics if absolutely necessary. Our family eats the pork that Andrew raises, so it’s in his best interest to raise a safe and wholesome product for you and for our family.

Andrew and I love what he does. If you have any questions about why we raise our pigs in barns, send me a comment and we’ll answer any questions!

Check out the pictures below!

Love to all- Nicole



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You see, my hobby is baking. I LOVE to bake. I counted 3 different kinds of cookies in my freezer and another kind of bars. Andrew, while he does eat a lot, can’t keep up with my baking hobby. He loves to eat what I make but he just can’t get it down fast enough before I start on my next baking project, so here we sit with 3 or 4 different kinds of baked goods in my freezer.

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Life is just so busy that I don’t take a lot of time to photograph our food and blog about it! Hmm.. maybe one day. A girl can dream I suppose.

Anyone else love to bake but can’t find enough outlets/mouths to feed it to?

Love to all-Nicole

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