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Piglets—naturally!

Here at Circle B, we believe that you, as a consumer, have the right to know the source of your Berkshire pork and how the hogs are raised and handled. John and I want our customers to know the pork they eat has been bred, farrowed, and

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The Way Your Grandparents Did It

Who knew a few years ago that John and I would be in Missouri raising Heritage Berkshire Hogs? When John came home and suggested our property was conducive to raising Berkshire Hogs, I immediately imagined hogs knee-deep in muck and slathered with mud—and a really awful odor. So

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What in the world? Goat Whey?

Here at Circle B Ranch we believe in naturally and humanely feeding and handling our Heritage Berkshire hogs.  A couple of years ago while doing research on how to naturally finish our Berkshire hogs, we came across a few articles on the internet that encouraged feeding whey

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Pigs are Pigs — right?

Circle B Ranch breeds, farrows and raises Heritage Berkshire Hogs. Why do we prefer this particular breed? For multiple reasons. First off, let me give you a little history on Berkshire Hogs; they are a rare breed that originated from Berkshire England. It has been said the Berkshire

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Farmer’s Market awareness

It’s summer, and that means plenty of Farmers Markets. Did you do your homework during the winter on the meat vendors at your Farmers Markets?  The markets are nearly devoid of produce vendors in the winter and the only vendors there are meat producers and some crafts people.

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Why should I care about how pigs grow up?

We had such a great response to our blog, Questions to Ask at a Farmer’s Market, that we wanted to follow it up with more questions and information. We are extremely passionate about what we do, how we raise our hogs and treating them more then just

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Yesterday I was talking to a client on the phone, and they had assumed Marina and I had lived in Missouri forever!  While I’m glad that we have adapted to our new home, and that we’re incredibly happy here, that’s actually not quite our story.   So I went back into

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News from the Farm

News from the Farm The News from the Farm this month is about Winter Farrowing.  We know that spring is around the corner but we thought that the way we breed and farrow is very important to the taste of the pork. When we first started our

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Farmers Market Questions

A farmer’s market is a great place to get all of your summer fruits, vegetables and natural meats. Most farmer’s markets now have a winter market that a lot of people do take advantage of, especially for the natural pork! So now that we are full swing

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Winter Farrowing at Circle B Ranch

When we first started our farm, our mission was to keep as close to nature as possible; to let our heritage hogs do what nature intended! Here at Circle B Ranch we farrow all year long because of that we do not control when a sow decides

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