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You Can’t See Me!

You Can’t See Me! The last two months have been lively here at Circle B Ranch! As everyone knows, we farrow all year round, but we see the most births during Springtime. Right now, we have piglets, piglets, and more piglets! The piglets are fun to watch

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Circle B Ranch Heritage Berkshire Pork

Circle B Ranch Heritage Berkshire Pork When Marina and I moved to Missouri, we knew our land was the perfect setting for our dream—humanely raising heritage pork. But, we had to ask ourselves, which breed would we choose to raise? We could take our pick from a

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Meet the Circle B Ranch Bacon Snack Stick

Meet the Circle B Ranch Bacon Snack Stick Since we started Circle B Ranch, John and I have always been focused on creating quality pork products for our customers. We aimed to produce healthy, yet affordable, alternatives for the chemically enhanced products found in meat sections of

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Hog Wallowing: Why do Berkshire Hogs do it?

When I first thought about raising hogs, my mind immediately pulled up a picture of pigs mucking about and dripping in a puddle of mud. Why is that? I think this is an image we have all seen growing up, whether we were familiar with the farming

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Questions to Ask at A Farmer’s Market

In the wee hours of the morning, before the sun has peeked over the horizon or the rooster has shaken the sleep from his feathers, the farmer is up and getting ready for   market. As the farmer steps up into his truck—or car, whichever it may be—he

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We are nose to tail! We use the Trim Too!!!! (and bonus recipes)

John and I  believe in using every possible piece of the pig when processing. From the trim we produce Circle B Ranch’s ground pork, Marina’s Italian Style Meatballs, Big John’s Nitrite Free Hot Dogs and Circle B Ranch’s line of sausages.   These products make some of

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Dedicated Farming—Winter Isn’t a Disadvantage

As you know, Circle B Ranch strives to produce the best quality pork available on today’s market—even during Missouri’s winters.  We picked  SW Missouri to raise our hogs because the weather tends not to be as harsh as in other parts of the country. The winter does

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Wintertime Farrowing and Weaning

Since the beginning, our mission here at Circle B Ranch has been to raise our hogs in the most natural way possible; our hogs are what they are meant to be. They do as nature intended. Because of our natural practices, we farrow all year round here,

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Off to the Processor

As discussed in our previous article, Circle B Ranch weans our piglets between 6-10 weeks of age, depending upon the season. After the piglets are weaned, we rotate them through a series of pens until they are sent off for processing. The sorting and rotation procedure occurs about

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What’s Hog Farming like in the Winter at Circle B Ranch?

The winter months are a true test of a farmers skill and work capacity. The winter brings frozen waterers’,  hard starting trucks and tractors and breakdowns.  Everything runs easy in warm weather and it seems like it takes twice as long to accomplish anything in winter! Even

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