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Archive for the Big John’s Blog Category

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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Black Friday Specials! Don’t Miss these Deals!

Breakfast Bundle – Only available on Black Friday!          These deals are available on Friday – Monday!   

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Why choose Humane Farmed Products?

Who knew a few  years ago that John and I would be in Missouri raising Heritage Berkshire Hogs? When John came home and said that our property was conducive to raising Berkshire Hogs, I immediately imagined hogs in knee deep mud and a really awful odor. We went […]

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The Best or the Worst of Us

  I was reading a blog the other day that really made me stop and think, and it has stuck in my mind ever since. Ultimately, the article discussed euthanasia, specifically when it is appropriate to employ it or forgo it. But the most interesting thing about the […]

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BIG JOHN: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

For those of you who don’t know him, let me introduce you to John Backes, co-founder of Circle B Ranch. He began his life in New Jersey where he developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for the slow-food movement. Since then, he has held […]

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Nitrites VS Nitrates

As you already know, Circle B Ranch believes in consumer awareness when it comes to food. We are completely open to questions about our products. We will discuss our opinions with you in detail.  We do not skip over the more controversial aspects of pork production. Because […]

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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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