Lonesome Star Farm

Cultivator of Heritage & Rare Livestock.  Current Focus:  Kunekune Pigs

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Homesteaders:  Breeding Stock- Sustainable Pure Bred/DNA Proven Multi-Purpose Pig

Connoisseurs, Chefs, Butchers & Charcuterists:  “Pass Out” Good Red/Lard/Heritage Pork

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While I focus on breeding “homestead quality” kunekune pigs, I do sell some pigs to be processed.  The importance of sustainable pork is the focus of this section.

Take care of the land which will take care of us. Grass is my boss. He tells me everything I can and cannot do regarding what livestock he can support, how many, if the grazing grass is sufficient and healthy, any diseases or insect infestations to address, drought resistance, and what tasks he needs me to do that day to support herd management. Bottom line, if he quits, I have nothing, for raising livestock would be way too costly for me, unhealthy for them, and possibly unsustainable for all.

There is a natural order that cannot be manipulated without side effects, as antibiotic resistance, disease contamination, and unethical treatment of livestock shows.  Advances in modern technology is a major contributor to a more productive society, but I suggest that constant innovation is not always the answer.

This CAFO model is actually a fairly new experiment.   Conversely, the “low tech” husbandry of livestock by farmers has been around since Adam grilled the first (beef) ribs.  Generations of farmers, butchers, and other craftsman have improved the art of breeding and harvesting to naturally create heritage livestock that have developed resistances to illnesses and disease.

Modern technology can be ill-equipped at times to drastically manipulate the biological processes of livestock our families eat, especially when those processes are not fully understood.  Our history already provides an alternate method to raise and butcher livestock from pasture to plate, (or stork to pork) that is tried and true.  Locally-focused models  gaining ground today through abattoir’s who utilize local meat production like the Farmstead Meatsmith.

Many believe that heritage livestock like many pig breeds grows “too slow.”I suggest that an animal that grows naturally and strong is not growing too slow,it is the biologically manipulated commercial livestock that is forced to grow too fast.

This 20th century experiment is all our modern generations have known.  A fast growing animal whose body cannot keep up with its own growth makes sense since that is all most of us have ever known.

Lonesome Star Farm’s heritage livestock, including Kunekune pigs, are almost completely grass-fed & finished, on a proportionately-sized pesticide-free 100+ year old native grass pasture. This drought-resistant paddock is supported through rotational grazing & winter cover crops. We’ll partner with kunekune pure bred associations (1)    (2)  and organize with other sustainable farms (1)     (2) and Anyone Who Will Listen for the long-term good of our local economies and families. ~~~

“Sustainable” does not need to be an expensive word. Compared to unsuspected (PDF) commercial swine expenses, kunekunes in a natural homestead setting offers a long-term cost effective investment and a superior tasting and healthful choice. Kunekune pigs can fatten on good quality grass alone among their many other excellent traits for  homestead producers and connoisseurs alike.

Kunekune Traits

Breeding Quality & Home Use
 
 

The Other RED Meat

After the Pasture is the Plate

Partners in Swine

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