Monday, December 17, 2012

Farrowing in Schaumburg

Last week I went over to Volkening Farm for a meeting and saw that they had a new litter of pigs come.  Because they use historic breeds there was a lot of color in the shoats.  Today on farms 80% or more of the pigs are pink.  The reason is farmers tend to use breeds that are more specialized and less dual purpose.  In the 1880's, which is the time period depicted by Volkening Farm, pigs were not only used for meat but lard was a very important by-product.