Monthly Archives: July 2010

Green Oats – the anchor crop for the Winter Forage Trilogy

When we plant oats in the fall, they quickly germinate and cover the soil with a beautiful green carpet.  The 1920 book by Charles Dawson, Success with Hogs, states that “while these plants are not over 6 or 8 inches high, they contain a higher per cent of protein than do alfalfa or clover.”    Alfalfa [...]

Honey Locust as Livestock Feed

Ever heard of a Honey Locust Tree?  Not sure that I had prior to reading Tree Crops.  Most of the quotes that you will see in this blog entry are from J. Russell Smith’s book or from this Winrock Factsheet.  I had heard of Black Locust (used for fence posts in Georgia), so if you are familiar with Black [...]

Persimmon Update – Yield Information?

Update – On vacation this week, so am having alot more time than usual to research obscure historical Hog feeding facts.  Did find a little more information on Persimmons though…Yield data is difficult to find on American Persimmons, but this link did list the yield at 35-75 pounds per tree.  With a planting of 100 trees [...]

Converting Cutover Land to Perennial Pasture and Cropland with Hogs

When Karla and I were looking for land, we had narrowed down our purchase to two choices.  The first choice was a small parcel of Pasture land with a few Pecan trees on the edge.  This land was productive at that moment (used for hay), but being sprayed with conventional chemicals.  The biggest drawback to us [...]

Notes on Hog Raising from the 2010 Georgia Organics Conference

During February 2010, Karla and I attended the Georgia Organics conference in Athens.  Again, I attended every topic related to Hog raising, and went on a tour of Nature’s Harmony Farm of Elberton, GA who has some great practices for raising pigs.  Here are my marginally coherent notes related to raising Hogs: The Swancy Family of [...]

Notes on Hog Raising from the 2010 SSAWG Conference

Every year, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) holds a conference during January.  This past year was our first, and Karla and I were able to take a few days vacation to attend the conference which was held in Chattanooga.  During this conference, I attended as many livestock raising topics as possible, and made sure to [...]

Organic Soil Amendments

To improve our soil organically, we amend with naturally occurring substances that are proven to slowly and thoroughly alter the productivity and release their benefit over an extended period of time.  Our primary amendment so far has been lime.  Our soils in the Coastal Plain area of the country are natuarally acidic and require periodic applications o lime.  We [...]

How much capital is needed to raise 150 hogs sustainably?

To raise hogs using the sustainable system we have outlined in this blog will require an investment of capital.  We are leveraging a Holistic Management philosophy to run this farm business, so these Holistic practices guide our decisions.  To start, expenses are organized into Wealth Generating, Inescapable, and Maintenance.  Wealth Generating  – Expenses that produce [...]

How much labor is needed to raise 150 Hogs with 40 acres of grains and forage?

After land, there are still many requirements needed to produce and market 150 Hogs per year using the sustainable system we have outlined in previous posts.  Alot of time can be spent on raising the 40 acres of grains and forage, but we must stay focused on both the hog/feed raising and the marketing of [...]

How much land does it take to raise 150 hogs a year in a sustainable manner?

Earlier we discussed a Hog feeding system.  The unknown with this system is exactly how many acres of each crop must be planted to feed the amount of livestock that need to be fed.  And for those of you new to agriculture, let me tell you right now that there is no exact in livestock [...]