“Transporting pigs without stress” The nomadic pig farm at Hata Farm

Yukiko Hata (left) and Yukiko Nakachi (right)

Compared to domestic pigs, free-range pigs are becoming more and more attractive in recent years as they can produce pigs with good meat quality without costly investment and manure treatment. Mr. Hiroshi Hata, a former researcher at Hokkaido University, started grazing pigs after setting up “Hata Farm and Farm” after his retirement.

In the previous section “I want to create a farm where you can live with animals and nature”, we asked Mr. Hata about his thoughts on pig farming and farm-only fattening. Hata. ..

This time, we chatted with Yukiko Nakachi, who was taking care of the “bum” pig at Hata Farm, in collaboration with Hata, about the days when she was dealing with grass-eating pigs.

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There is no end to the work of the creatures

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Hata farm grazing pigs in Tokachi plain, Hokkaido. Although he has no experience in agriculture, Mr. Nakachi, who was involved in pig farming because he thought “I like animals!”, Is currently working in all jobs related to farm management. with Mr. Hata.

There are many things to do such as feeding, mixing, holding, removing leftovers, and cleaning up leftovers. In addition, we have to look at sleeping straw management, take care of the pig’s body, and whether there is any division between the pigs, “Nakachi said.

Those tasks are more of a life than a job. Since the other side is an organism, it does not end at a fixed time, and it is a flexible response day.

“Recently, I started having two puppies, so it was difficult to train and take care of them.”
Even so, Mr. Nakachi seems to be busy and attentive every day when he is involved with animals.

Experiencing a painful parting with a lovingly raised pig

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The difficulty of the pig profession is that one day, it must break up the profession of “transport”. At Hata Farm, we run a private training course called a “party” for the calm and gentle transport of the pigs.

“When we ship out, we load the pigs into trucks, but normally we push more on the trucks, but doing so puts stress on the pigs and affects the pork quality at the time of shipment. Weighs around 200 kg, so it will be difficult if we go wild in a truck, so we regularly train the pigs to ride the truck as naturally as possible, ”Nakachi said.

The training course is to connect the carrier platform and the truck bed and put the pig’s favorite food in the truck. Pigs get in the truck to eat their favorites and get off again. Over time, you will not be afraid of the truck, and when you park the truck, you will be able to drive it naturally.

“Once you get used to the truck, you can safely load it into the truck without going around when the train leaves the factory. When you get to the slaughterhouse, you will naturally get off.”

Pigs spend some time calm until the end of transport. On the other hand, Mr. Nakachi said, “It’s painful.”

At first, he thought, “I could never bring a lovingly raised pig to the slaughterhouse.” However, thinking, “Since I have grown, I am responsible to the end,” I go to the slaughterhouse in my own truck.

He thought the travel times would be difficult and unbearable, but in reality, “I am happy with the feeling of gratitude towards the pigs and grateful for being able to safely take them away”, Nakachi said. He seems to be digging into his thoughts every day about becoming a pig farmer and getting something alive.

Help each other in the local community

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After transporting the raised pigs, I have grown accustomed to the job, and now I see the cruel reality.
“The biggest concern is money. It takes money every month to buy grazing land, rebuild barns and introduce pigs.”

Even so, Mr. Nakachi said, “It was thanks to the help of longtime farmers in the area.” Agriculture is derived from the land. He said that a good relationship between those who share the blessings of the earth is essential.

“Honestly, we cannot make a living without the help of smallholder farmers in the area, such as exchanging goods, we can see that food growers can take advantage of each other’s difficulties. . Seniors were very tolerant of their peers. They share the ingredients they grow with each other and help inexperienced farmers. “

He jumped into a whole new world of agriculture and realized the “safety net for agriculture” created by the local community.

“I worry about money, but agriculture is at least there for what I eat. It gives me a sense of comfort. I think that’s what makes it a little bit different from other industries.”

The importance of directly communicating the charm of play

With the help of the local community, Hata Farm has been steadily shipping around 2 fish per month since January 2017. We plan to ship 30 units this year and have an urgent need to develop point of sale.

Playing with great effort is a disadvantage in price competition compared to an efficient, conventional domestic pig. That is why Mr. Nakachi repeatedly turned to his business partners to directly convey the charm of the play he nurtured.

“The day before, I had a very happy event at a client’s restaurant. The chef’s plan took me to a customer who liked to play.”

Both the client and the chef were extremely excited to hear the story of Mr. Nakachi’s play, and he became increasingly fond of the game.

Photo: Magii

Recently, Mr. Nakachi said, “I was able to deal with the neighbors who were helping me out.”

“One day, we also want to give back. When we gave the play in exchange for pig by-products for the first time recently, we were proud to feel that we were finally becoming. Mr. Nakachi’s voice made me look at his face with a little confidence.

Next time, we will ask the chef what to deliver the dishes using the actual play, how to choose the ingredients and what to ask the producer.

* Photo: Yuransha Hata Ranch, Magii

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