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Friday, May 25, 2012

Feeding the American Guinea Hog

The common approach to feeding modern breeds of hogs is feed them until they're full.
Not so with the American Guinea Hogs.
These guys need some portion control. Without it they become obese.
AGH were bred to forage and seek out their food. They were also designed to grow slow.
This makes them a prime candidate for the slow food movement and pasture based farming.

On the contrary, this makes them a very poor candidate for being raised in confinement and on "all you can eat" grain based diets (they need a lower level of protein then other hogs).  When they are raised in this manner the hogs become obese, struggle to move freely and you loose the highly sought after quality of AGH pork....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

April - May 11th Specials

Locustbrae Beef & Ardachy Pork Sausage

This month we are offering a grilling package at a special price. 
This package includes our infamous beef hot dogs (1.2lbs) seasoned with all organic ingredients, a pack of our new Mild Italian Pork Sausage (1.2lbs)  and a package of Locustbrae Beef Patties (1 lb) for $16.50. 

Call one week ahead and we will have homemade hot dog rolls and hamburger rolls from Hedgerow Bakery (Alfred, N.Y.) ready with your order! These rolls are naturally soft due to the butter/egg blend and contain no preservatives or softeners. 
These rolls are $3.00 per package.

Talk about a healthy local meal!

How do I pick up my order?

  • Farm store hours Friday 4 pm - 6 pm (Alfred, N.Y.)

Email for directions/more info:


Your Friendly Farmers at Ardachy

Monday, March 5, 2012

March Specials - Locustbrae Beef

This month we are offering our infamous beef hot dogs seasoned with all organic ingredients at a special price!

Originally 5.49/lb now 5.00/lb (limit of fifteen per customer)
Valid until March 31st 2012

How do I pick up my beef order?

  • At our farm in Alfred (email for more info.)
  • Ask for details regarding delivery to local areas 


Your Friendly Farmers at Ardachy

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ardachy's Symbiotic Relationships

Today we sent our two hogs to slaughter which opened up some opportunities for moving our critters around. We have a two acre pasture that has been used for winter rotation along with our fenced garden and rotating paddock in the yard.

First, we moved our 8 month old hogs into the rotating yard fence. Here, we placed our luscious second cutting hay. The hogs get high quality forage filling their tummies and our lawn (in desperate need of grasses) seeded and mulched. We will continue to rotate this pasture throughout the yard. The pigs burrow and root, enjoying all their pigginess and plant future pastures for themselves. Oh yeah, our yard will not be the traditional yard, how could we waste that space for Kentucky blue grass!? Beware of horse dung and pig pies :)

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