Christmas came early this year for me, as Santa brought me three Tamworth piglets. My husband, father-in-law and older son drove to somewhere in Vermont last week and procured the three little piggies. They are the heritage breed, Tamworth — known for tasty bacon and a hearty constitution, much like my Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs. The Tamworth is listed as “Threatened” in the U.S. These pigs will be raised for meat, and should be ready for sale this fall.
We have made some of our GOS pork available to Enterprise Farm in Whately, who will run a winter market, as they did last year, plus they have a winter CSA this year as well.
Some of the male grassfed beefers as well as our Boer Buck had to leave our farm. It was a very hard decision to make, but the cost of hay is really, really steep, and their leaving made way for us to keep some of the grassfed bovine ladies and milky goats better fed through the winter.
We hope that our decisions don’t come back to haunt us.
We have decided that the twenty plus Lilac hen turkeys that we have kept to generate poults through the late winter and spring, along with the Tamworth and GOS pigs, are the most threatened and important species that we are currently raising. They involve the most hands-on time, the most specialized care, the most time in attaining genetics, and the most time spent in marketing the product.
The chicken eggs are easy and tasty. The goat milk is plentiful and fun to deal with — I am not sure why people have house dogs when there are goats on the planet!
If you care to, please take a moment and make a contribution to the feed fund at Wells Tavern Farm. The animals, and people, thank you.