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How the Boar Stole Christmas

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Following is an account of Julia's accident and the events leading up to it and immediately afterwards. Julia wrote it while still on pain killers when she was supposed to be resting so please bear with her if it isn't up to her usual standards.... You can also see a shorter, prettier version of the story on CBC. Things started going sideways here at the ranch pretty quickly after this blog post. I checked Rosemary (the sow who was due to farrow) every hour through Friday night but she showed no signs of labour. I stayed up all night Saturday night watching...

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The Big Freeze at Blue Sky Ranchsicle

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It's colder than a tin toilet seat on the shady side of an ice berg up here at Blue Sky Ranch! We did a lot of research before choosing where to buy land and Merritt seemed to fit the bill nicely. It was still pretty close to Vancouver but had summers that weren't as hot as it gets further into the interior and winters that had daytime temperatures around freezing and dipped down to around -10 at night. That didn't seem so bad! And -10 in a dry cold feels a lot warmer than a cold, rainy day on the coast. 



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When is "Antibiotic Free" not "Antibiotic Free?"

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There's a scary story in the news this week. The headline reads:

"A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time: The bacteria found in a hog operation is resistant even to some of our most powerful antibiotics." (Read the full story).

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Tuesdays are Smokin!

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Every Tuesday you can come on down to our butcher shop in South Vancouver to pick up mouth watering meaty goodness fresh out of the smoker, hot and ready to serve! Smoked meat will be ready at 4pm and available until we close at 6pm. Whatever doesn't sell on Tuesday will go into the cooler and be available for the rest of the week. Just reheat and serve! Call if you want to make sure we aren't sold out: 778-379-5262. Smokies with penne pasta What's Hot this week? Tuesday, December 20th we are featuring pasture-raised heritage pork maple ancho smokies. Stock up for the...

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Pasture Raised for the Holidays

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Make pasture-raised, local meat a part of your holiday traditions. You'll be blown away by the difference in taste and you'll enjoy your meal more knowing that these animals were raised with care & compassion in a way that regenerates the earth.  Our hams are made from our pasture-raised heritage breed pork which is fed a diet of local oats & barley, fruits and vegetables and whey from Farm House Cheeses. Our pigs are raised at our ranch in Merritt. We do all our own butchery and cure the hams in a delicious brown sugar cure before they go into the...

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