Livestock http://nhpr.org en Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/traditional-pork-production-finds-home-nh <p></p><p></p><p>On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.</p><blockquote><p>“So we are going to be killing this pig here, and the other one that was walking around on this side of the electric net," says Epsen. “It slipped out of sight for the moment…oh, there he is.”</p></blockquote><p>The two that will die in a few minutes are American Mulefoots, a rare breed known for its lard.</p><p>When Epsen approaches, the 250-pound pigs roll onto their backs.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:17:09 +0000 Todd Bookman 16863 at http://nhpr.org Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H. Meet Claudia, The High-Tech Cow http://nhpr.org/post/meet-claudia-high-tech-cow Here's the secret of the modern dairy farm: The essential high-tech advances aren't in machinery. They're inside the cow.<p>Take a cow like Claudia. She lives at Fulper Farms, a dairy farm in upstate New Jersey. Claudia is to a cow from the 1930s as a modern Ferrari is to a Model T.<p>In the 1930s, dairy farmers could get 30 pounds of milk per day from a cow. Claudia produces 75 pounds a day.<p>To appreciate a cow like Claudia, you have to know where to look.<p><p>"You see her udder? How well attached, how high it is?" says Robert Fulper, who runs the farm. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 2426 at http://nhpr.org Meet Claudia, The High-Tech Cow