H.A.R.P. Right Sized Livestock for a Plus Sized Impact
AKBA #0592. UK Import. Born March 14, 2011 at Barton Hill Farm in Herefordshire, England and imported to help establish this breed in America, Darrowby is everything you would expect of old world nobility. Normally a perfect gentleman, he is an aggressive breeder who gets the job done alone or in company. His offspring are known for a uniform thickness and his sons, in particular, are among the chattiest kunes anywhere. I am honored, daily to be the caregiver to this hunk of living breed history. Don't pass on an opportunity to own one of this legendary boar's 1st generation American born piglets.
Gandy is one of my home grown tomatoes and hopefully... a future breeding mainstay. Up until now he has been judged solely on his looks and his personality and just now at the age of two is he testing his abilities to produce sons and daughters of the type and quality sufficient for the next generation.
New owners often ask, how soon or how young can these pigs be bred. The real question is, how long can you wait? Not every boar is a herdsire and sometimes it takes years to truly understand the strengths and weaknesses of your young animals.
Length. Thickness. The face of a cartoon villain. But I think his most intriguing attribute is that ancestral connection to Karin Kraft's now defunct . . The Iron Horse Farm in Olympia, Washington. Rudel, his sire Mendel and his nieces Jimmy and Sunshine are part of a concerted, multi-year effort I made to assemble some of Karin's breeding for use as both a controlled, mild outcross and as a bridge between the disparate pedigree of Tombstone and the heavier concentration of Goose Meadow comprising much of the HARP Herd. I am currently raising my first crop of Rudel's progeny and so far I'm excited for his contribution.
AKPR 6725 DOB August 19, 2014
My newest addition to the boar pen. While picking up Angus from his former residence I was able to examine a yard full of his progeny, most of which were between 1 and 1.5 years... and weighing in between 200 and 240 pounds.
I chanced upon this unicorn of a behemoth living his best life in a pet home in the remote mountains of Arizona. His vast frame and incomparable pedigree made him a must have. Tombstone has much to offer any homestead or production farm but his atypical composition did not conform to some of my wider breeding goals and so he has moved on to a farm where he is better suited. For me, some of his grandsons and granddaughters folded in to my herd bring his finer points... structural soundness, length, uncompromising feet & legs, durability and accelerated, natural growth.... full circle to what I desire. I'm forever grateful for his contributions and the challenge to sustain them.
While Sinbad is no longer a full time resident here at H.A.R.P., his contribution is permanent thru the sons and daughters he has forged his likeness upon. He may be basking up the Florida sunshine but he's one of my future hall-of-famers and a foundational piece of the H.A.R.P. line.
REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.... RE-bus?
This farm is my greatest living resource.
AKBA #0595. Born on July 12, 2011 at England's internationally recognized Barton Hill Farm, this old gal was nothing short of a national treasure. There were two Trish sisters imported by Goose Meadow... but there can only ever be one Freya. This beautiful, good natured sow sets the bar for not just every Trish, but every sow that comes after. You only needed to see her in action once, wandering about the pasture with a dozen or more of other sows' pigs in tow as if she was the farm babysitter, to appreciate the exaggerated maternal gifts that she embodied. When I speak of natural mothering ability, I'm referring to Freya. Sadly, Freya passed away in her sleep in the spring of 2020 and she is now buried on a sunny slope under the canopy of oaks where she often wandered in search of acorns. Her legacy will always be a part of this farm through her genetic hoofprint and the memories and inspiration she impressed upon all of those who knew her. ❤
AKBA #0598. Born on August 1, 2011 from the efforts of former BKKPS President Sam Jones. I call her the boss lady. Pippa was and remains the only Awakino imported to America. She's big throughout. She's the only pig I've ever known that could grunt both disappointment and sarcasm. Older now, Pippa's once ginger coat has faded to a mousey gray, she struggles with a touch of arthritis in her front, left knee and she seems to spend more time napping than she did just a year ago. I've made the decision to permanently retire Pippa from breeding, but her contribution to this breed has been prodigious and she's earned a cozy retirement spot here at H.A.R.P. for however much longer we have her.
AKR #3103. Born on March 18, 2013. Ever the glamour gal, Monet was the very first Sally ever born in North America. She's a picture-perfect, silver-cream kune and she carries herself with an air of sophistication that seems to suggest she is aware that none has yet been born to rival her for looks or work ethic.
AKPR #6766. Born on August 27, 2017.
It's impossible for me to give you an honest appraisal of this pig without falling back on emotion. She's the one that started it all, for me. A gift from my good friend Mrs Libby Milroy of North Platte, Nebraska... hence the name, I call her Patty. She loves snacks. And naps. She detests other pigs. She is the most sinfully self indulgent creature. Ever. If you see her looking at something I guarantee she is either considering how it would taste or how comfortable it would be to nap on. She is the perfect, physical embodiment of "fat & round" though slightly undersized... she's a wonderfully attentive mother to small litters of happy, healthy babies. She's a constant source of entertainment and amazement, tears and laughter, I often think I'm little more than a hostage in the world of Patty... and I'm ok with that.
AKPR #13609. Born on January 28, 2014. Someone hired me to drive Ressie from Florida to North Carolina and it was love at 1st sight. When she later became available for purchase... I jumped. Sometimes I feel like my very best pigs are the easiest to forget. That's Ressie. Low maintenance. Low key. It doesn't take much to keep this big girl happy or healthy, making her a big splash for a small budget. You gotta love some Econo-hog.
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A young but proven sow, Freesia has become the living legacy to Freya... a legacy I take very seriously.
Daughter of Monet. Granddaughter of Darrowby. Sister to Gandy. Part and parcel of a healthy line breeding program, Cowgirl is one of several young, foundational quality, Sally gilts hat has me excited about the future.
Another fine, old school Jenny. Primarily Andy Case with a single cross to Barclay. Half sister to Ethel.