Farming, our process, our land
When was your farm founded?
Becca got our farm’s namesake Bashi in 2015, but she’s been raising goats and chickens for several years longer. Josh didn’t start hanging around until about a year after Bashi but Bashi vouches for him. The barn that we use for most of our day to day operation was part of a much older farm that was established here around 100 years ago.
How big is your farm?
We have three main grazing pastures that are around 7 acres, we’re currently working on getting additional grazing space set up in our woods that will hopefully double our space and add some diversity to the vegetation available to our animals. We also have several portable farrowing setups that we like to put in the yard near the house when we’ve got new litters on the ground.
Why do you do it? Seems like a lot of work…
Honestly we do this out of an abundance of passion and probably an equal abundance of stupidity and stubbornness. We accept that we’ll never get rich raising animals and food the way we are but we want to make sure our family has the most nutritious and ethically raised food we can. We could go on and on about how much we disagree with confinement and factory farming of livestock but there isn’t space here for that rant, needless to say we think our animals live their best lives while they are with us and are treated like royalty. We’re just trying to do our part to provide folks with sustainable, ethical, and delicious food to feed their families too.
What are Idaho Pasture Pigs?
Idaho Pasture Pigs, or IPPs as they are commonly referred to are a newer breed of pig. They were bred specifically with the needs of small farms and homesteaders in mind and truly do subsist on mainly grass and grazing. They were specifically bred as a cross between Kunekune’s for their grazing and friendly dispositions, Berkshire for their renowned meat quality and Durocs for their size and rate of growth. If you would like to learn more about Idaho Pasture Pigs, check out Idaho Pasture Pig Registry.
Why Idaho Pasture Pigs?
Becca first heard Jodi from White Bison Farm speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in 2015 about IPP’s and immediately was intrigued. She got our first breeding pair that same year. After a few set backs with an infertile sow that took us a few years to get past, we now have two sows (Sonny and Uma) and our beloved boar and farm namesake Bashi. We absolutely love these pigs for their friendly disposition, great personalities, and ease of handling. Honestly Bashi is more like a dog than any boar we’ve ever met and will follow us around and ask for ear skritches. He’s so friendly he even recently got a staring role in a locally produced independent movie!
Do you raise any other breeds of pigs?
We’ve raised Kunekune/IPP crosses previously and still have a Kunekune sow named Nancy who while currently retired from breeding still lives with us and acts as a babysitter for all the feeders and shows them the ropes. If you’re a retailer and interested in obtaining a different breed of pig please contact us and we’d love to discuss further.
Do IPP’s really graze on grass? Do you feed them anything else?
Yep! Due to their genetics IPP’s are natural grazers. Many breeds of pigs will leave grazing pastures looking like its been turned over with a plow but several times we’ve actually had to mow our pastures when the pigs cant keep up with the grass. We also supplemental feed our pigs a blend of corn, soy and distillers grains blended with minerals to help them get everything they need to grow up happy and healthy. Our feeding regiment and process yields a rich red colored pork that when ground resembles something that looks more like ground beef or lamb than store bought confinement ground pork.
Are your pigs registered? Do you sell Breeders?
Yes absolutely! Our breeders are registered with the Idaho Pasture Pig Registry. We generally castrate males and do not register them unless we have a buyer lined up looking for a boar but our gilts are registered and available for purchase at 8-10 weeks of age.
Do you sell breeding pairs?
We cannot currently offer breeding pairs of IPP’s as we only have one boar and our sows are sisters, however it is something we’ve discussed for the future.
I want to purchase a pig as a feeder or a breeder, what should I do next?
Check our Available Pigs page to see if we have something listed right now that you’re interested in, even if we don’t have something listed please contact us as we also maintain a waiting list for folks looking for registered breeders or feeders.
I’d like to purchase a Whole/Half hog for my freezer, do you guys sell freezer pork?
We generally try to only raise enough feeders each year for our own family and our friends but we do occasionally have extra pigs available. Please visit our Freezer Pork page to find out more information on pricing and to sign up for our freezer pork waiting list.
What species of goats do you raise?
Our charming buck (the blonde stud pictured above) Draco is a full blood Nigerian Dwarf with stunning blue eyes. We have several Nigerian does as well as two French Alpine does, one very special and derpy Boer doe and the most charming and naughty wether named Squeak. Currently Draco is the only sire on the farm but we have also raised full blood French Alpines in the past.
Do you have any goats available for purchase right now?
We breed our does each winter for spring kids. Please visit our available goats page to see who we currently have available.
Are your goats registered?
We do not generally register our goats as we are not a member of any of the Dairy Goat registries or associations, however we have paperwork for our breeders and are open to discussing registry if you need it.
You’re raising dairy goats, do you have milk or other products available?
While we cant legally sell you our goats milk labeled for human consumption, when our goats are in milk we do milk them for our own consumption and you can contact us to see if we have milk available for soap making or feeding animals. We sometimes make cheese and other products too but usually not enough to have it available for sale.
What other animals do you have on the farm?
As of January 2020 we have, pigs, goats, Jacob’s sheep, alpacas, cats, dogs, guinea hens, and chickens. We are looking at getting more ducks and turkeys again this summer along with some more meat chickens.
Do you sell the fiber from your sheep and alpacas?
We don’t currently process our own fiber but we do have raw Alpaca and Jacobs sheep fiber available, if your interested in purchasing it please contact us!
Do you sell eggs from your chickens?
We generally eat them all ourselves but if you’re interested in purchasing some feel free to contact us and see what we have available currently.