I recently visited an old time farmer down in Southeast Iowa to look, know, and talk about his Chester White breeding stock.
I raise primarily Berkshire / Red Wattle / Duroc Cross pigs, but have been in search of a breed that would improve my maternal ability. The Chester White breed is an American heritage breed known for its ruggedness, mothering ability, high conception rates, and meat quality. Some consider it...
Here at the farm it is the dead of winter and it has turned cold and snowy. I wanted to share how the pigs are holding up through these cold and snowy times. Our pigs are managing this situation but prefer moderate temperatures. We provide our smaller piglets with heat lamps, so they can stay dry and warm. This is important, so they can continue to gain weight and have strong immune systems.
It has been a wonderful growing season on Wacholz Farm. Timely rains, lots of bright sun, and warm temperatures have been ideal for pasture growth. Here the mob of cattle (South Poll, Angus and Red Devon) are grazing annuals consisting of Japanese millet, Italian ryegrass, red clover, and rapeseed.
This is high energy feed for this time of year and perfect for putting on those final pounds on the grass...
Our grass-fed beef and lamb are available late summer through fall each year. Many inquiring customers wonder why this is. This is a good and interesting question that I will explain why.
First of all, like vegetables and fruits, beef and lamb can and should be seasonal. Buying beef and lamb in season not only supports the natural life cycle of the animals, but it also improves flavor and texture.