Livestock and Meat
Our farm includes a very small livestock operation. This past season marked our fifth year of raising spring piglets, and our third for sheep and for laying hens. Each of the animals has a job to do on the farm. The pigs, tucked against the woods in a field corner, live on our wash barn compost and spoiled produce, as well as organic grain and whey from local cheese makers when we can get it. Lambs keep the crew house yard and the field edges mowed. And the laying hens, ranging from our two wagon coops, pasture small sections of our vegetable fields. These layers are in a rotation in which we finish one flock every fall, overwinter the other in a greenhouse, and begin a new flock each spring. All of the animals live well here, with no comparison to today’s feedlot norms. They have room to move in the fresh air, and are fed antibiotic-free, certified-organic rations These animals are a wonderful compliment to our crop farm, adding a interesting layer of life, and some nutrients, to our vegetable world.