We're "Baby Farmers" building a herd of pastured (as in roaming the woods), foraging (as in taking in much of their food from what they find in the woods) Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot Pigs. These pigs work our forested land, rooting out and trampling invasive plant species, breaking down old stumps, and fattening on acorn mast and hickory nuts. Our mothers-to-be need a safe and comfortable place to give birth where we can monitor their health and that of their piglets for the first six weeks of life.
With six or seven sows and their newborn litters rotating through the barn, we'll require over one hundred gallons of water per day to keep everyone healthy and happy. Growing our herd to a target size of sixty to seventy pigs requires a well for the barn so we can stop hauling water from the the house in five-gallon buckets. Installation of a frost-free hydrant system will ensure a clean, bounteous supply of water for the expectant and postpartum mothers and their babies even in frozen winter months.
Our pigs are registered on the endangered swine breeds list at the American Livestock Breed Conservancy. Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot pigs are not used by commercial pork enterprises because they grow slowly and will not thrive on an 8' X 10' concrete pad. At Buckland Farm, we are dedicated to producing some of the best pork in the United States. We strive for this goal using humane methods and considering the happiness, yes happiness, of our herd as a principal measure of success.
We believe that each serving of pork from Buckland Farm strikes a blow against factory-farmed meat and spreads the word that pork can be environmentally friendly, humane and healthful. We already have more customers asking for pigs than we can support with our present well capacity, but lack the ready funds for this key project. Join us as we work to raise the standards for intentional meat consumption!
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