Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cavendish Game Birds of Vermont adds pigs

You'll find Cavendish quail at high-end restaurants across Vermont and the eastern seaboard. 150,000 birds per year. Now there's a new swine nursery on the 75-acre farm in Springfield.

www.sevendaysvt.com    

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  1. Bob Lombard3/31/16, 6:29 PM

    One of the finer experiences in life is to be downwind of a pig farm. Eh?

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    1. Would smell like tax dollars to me....

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    2. The good news is you will never be lonely.

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    3. chuck gregory4/1/16, 1:53 PM

      If the neighbors are lucky and the owners are smart, there will be a methane-producing digester installed to handle the manure. In North Carolina, the pig farms use manure cannons to spray it into the air. God help those neighbors; nobody else will.

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  2. Fellow pig farmer3/31/16, 10:56 PM

    Ohh Bob, always quick to find a negative spin.

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    1. Bob Lombard4/2/16, 11:51 AM

      The article indicates that the pigs are 'ranged' after weaning. It's the pig sties that generate the Big Stink, so folks downwind from this farm are catching a break - and a breather.

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  3. chuck gregory4/1/16, 10:45 AM

    Hey! Anonymous, after years of fulminating bootlessly on these threads, finally hit the big time! Check the opening lines in the game bird farm story. Congratulations to an author who has finally been made!

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  4. Picture reminds me of the government. The big girl being us.

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  5. Just another CAFO ( Concentrated Animal Feed Organization) I thought Vermont Farmers prided themselves on pasture raised. Those quail never see the light of day or breathe fresh air, from cradle to grave they are inside. Disappointed.

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    1. Bob Lombard4/5/16, 6:24 PM

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      How does one pasture raise quail? Do you think that being caged outdoors would give the birds a feeling of freedom?

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    2. chuck gregory4/7/16, 1:15 PM

      Raising quail: I got to think about that after Dick Cheney shot a liberal in the face and tried to cover it up. This image came to me: A baby quail asks his mother, "Mommy, why do we live in a cage?"

      The mother replies, "It's part of God's plan for us, honey."

      And you know, that makes me think of Springfield sometimes.

      I doubt that quail have the capacity to understand the difference between being caged and being wild-- and they have no concept of "freedom," just confined vs. not confined-- but I do think that once they're out of the cage, they probably follow an instinct to evade predators, more the dogs than the hunters.

      One hunter here with a truly outstanding dog doesn't refer to a Cheney-type event as a "hunt," but rather a "shoot." He sees a big difference in behavior between wild birds and caged ones.

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