About Brambly Farms
A little about Brambly Farms...
The most important thing we can say is that we really like our animals :)
Our Sows really like giving birth outside where they prefer making a nest in the most difficult spot to access in the woods. In the colder months we do try to move the farrowing Sows into our barn. The delicate piglets get the benefit of a heat light... 250 Watts. And the comfort of a bale of golden straw. Its normal to see the moms bury the babies inside a cocoon of straw with just noses peaking out in the coldest of winter days. After 6 or 7 weeks we wean the piglets from their moms. We have discovered that most moms are thrilled to escape the feverish sucking from the hungry mouths. As a general rule the Sows with the most piglets are the keenest to be weaned.
Our two boars normally wait for the "ladies" to arrive back into the woods and pasture with longing eyes. Because nature seems to hate vaccums it never takes more than a week or two for "Longfellow and Finn" to get to earn their keep. And so the cycle repeats.
The weaned piglets are fed a high protein grain ration for about 8 more weeks and then the protein is reduced as they age. They are always grazing outside and have access to shelter and plenty of water as they grow. FYI it seems that pigs can not sweat. So its very very important that they have a mud hole - wallow -- to flop into in the Summer heat. Those are the days when even a city person can sense that pigs are happiest in mud.
We are a pasture raised farm. That's how our animals are fed but we think its impossible to grow pigs without feeding them a grain ration. They are unable to get enough food value in grass and roots. So they start digging up trees - eating frogs and anything else which passes them by. But when they get the additional food value from the grain they tend to stop bulldozing trees and grow to the full potential of the centuries of agricultural science which have gone into developing these impressive animals. Its also wise to support the farmers who are keeping John Deere grain equipment profitable- helps the ecconomy.
We are licensed to breed Pheasants... which are always an exotic cullinary treat. Call and order in advance.