Thu, 3 October 2013
John Backes of Circle B Ranch joins me to talk about raising pastured hogs on 90 acres in Missouri. John didn't come from a farming background. He transitioned into farming in 2009 with his wife Marina after leaving a career in mechanical contracting. They set out to produce high quality food while focusing on the welfare and humane treatment of their hogs.
-Pick a spouse that is a good compliment to your skills as a farm. It’s a team effort.
-Stress affects meat quality. So try to minimize the animal’s stress.
-Maintain good relationships with the hogs. Keep them calm because ultimately they are big and you want them working with you.