SKYLINES FARM
PASTURE RAISED HERITAGE BREED PIGS

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Happy heritage breed pigs raised on pasture
for your family using time-tested
organic & sustainable methods

UPDATE: After 21 wonderful years I've retired from the sheep portion of my business & expanded my Grassfed Beef & Pastured Pig operations! Scroll down for PIG details.

To reserve the same wonderful grassfed lamb that I grew for so many years, contact the folks who purchased the SkyLines Farm sheep flock at www.ramsteadranch.com.




SkyLines happy healthy pastured pigs line up for ear scratches.

SKYLINES PIGS LIVE THE GOOD LIFE . . .

What's the difference?
The vast majority of pigs raised in this country never get to see sunshine, green grass...or even feel the cool earth under their feet. Why? because they spend their entire lives in confinement animal feeding operations (CAFO's). These are huge buildings that house many hundreds (often thousands) of pigs, living in pens with concrete or slatted metal floors, under artificial lighting, in a completely controlled environment. They're fed a high-calorie grain-based diet that often consists of GMO corn and soy laced with antibiotics and other drugs to combat the diseases that occur in this unnatural environment.


What kind of life is this? How can we support an industry that supports such values?
How can we feed our families food that's been grown this way?


SkyLines Farm has a different idea about how animals should live. Since 1992 we've been raising animals using time-tested organic and sustainable methods that respect both the animals and the land we share.

Just like our beef cattle (and the lambs we raised for 20+ years), SkyLines pigs truly do live a great life. They were born on pasture at their home farm and spend the summer grazing the SkyLines Farm lush green pastures. The pigs never receive antibiotics, hormones, chemical wormers, or any chemicals or drugs at all. Healthy animals living on a healthy farm don't need them. (If one should fall ill it's treated of course, and sold through conventional channels.)




SkyLines pigs are in "hog heaven" on our lush green pastures.


Our heritage breed pigs live in large outdoor spaces and thrive on the natural foods that used to make pigs such an indispensable part of a family farm. They absolutely love grazing and rooting in our green pastures, they adore the extra veggies from the organic garden and the extra eggs from the chickens, devour the farm's bounty of cherries, plums, apples & crabapples, and happily excavate and eat shrubs and small trees that I want cleared from the pastures. For extra protein and calories, the pigs also get a daily ration of locally-grown, non-GMO grains (barley and peas).

This healthful varied diet, along with the fresh air and exercise the SkyLines pigs enjoy every day, produces a vibrantly happy healthy animal and also vastly superior meat. Compared to the typical white, mushy, tasteless grocery-store pork, SkyLines Farm pork has real-mmm-flavor and real texture!

SkyLines Farm customers think so too...they tell me again and again that SkyLines pork is incredibly tender and delicious. (see bottom of this page for more than 20 years of happy customer comments on our pork, beef, and lamb.)

Are SkyLines Farm pigs certified organic?
As with my beef (and lamb for 21 years), the quality of SkyLines Farm pigs is certified only by my long list of happy customers who come back year after year. The families who buy from me understand the true value of eating healthy, well-grown food, and they've also made a conscious choice to be part of the solution.

Let's face it - America's corporate food system has problems. By purchasing from SkyLines Farm you're choosing to support sustainable agricultural practices and America's small farmers. And you're also supporting your local economy by keeping some of your food dollars right here!




SkyLines pigs enjoy goodies from the organic vegetable garden all summer.


When are SkyLines pigs available?
In the fall of each year. Reservations with deposits are accepted all year, and reserved animals are processed and delivered during October and November. We sell out every year. Most years, all of the years's animals are reserved months in advance, so please get your reservation in early to avoid disappointment.

Do you ship?
Sorry, shipping is not available. SkyLines pigs and beef are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed below.

Do you know your farmer?
Many of my customers enjoy making personal connections with the farmers who grow their food. They've come to SkyLines Farm to meet me and meet the animals, and seen for themselves how their food is raised. Visitors are always amazed and delighted to see how calm, relaxed, and clearly happy the SkyLines Farm animals are. (Everyone around here enjoys the good life, including the farmer, and it shows!) You too are encouraged to schedule a farm visit - write or call to set up your visit today.


Contact me today to confirm availability & reserve your fall pig
Melissa Lines, Owner/Farmer, SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID 208/875-8747

Need more info? Read on...


ORDERING SKYLINES FARM PIGS . . . THE DETAILS

Here's how it works: You purchase a live pig from me, and as a free service to my customers I make the processing arrangements for you. If an entire pig is more meat than you need, purchase a half-pig and I will coordinate your order with other customers' orders so you can share the purchase of an entire animal.

HOW IS THE PRICE CALCULATED?
Like most small farmers I don't have a certified scale on my farm to weigh your live animal for you, so the common practice is to calculate your purchase price based on the processor's "hanging weight" of the animal. This is the weight of the useable portions of the slaughtered animal before cutting and wrapping. In addition, you pay the processing fee for custom cutting, wrapping, and freezing.

2017 PRICE

Half Pig or Whole Pig
$4.25/lb hanging weight
+ processing averages $100/half pig, $200/whole pig

*Since you are purchasing an individual animal, actual price will depend on the actual weight.
*Hanging weights range from 85-100 lbs/half pig, 175-200 lbs/whole pig. Feel free to specify if you'd prefer a smaller or larger animal.
*Processing cost is approximately $100/half pig, $200/whole pig. This includes harvesting the animal, cutting & wrapping, curing, slicing & sausage making if requested.

DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve an animal ($150/half-pig, $300/whole pig.) Make your payment via PayPal or check. Payment of the balance is due at delivery, once I know the exact weight of your animal. At delivery, you will also pay the processor's fee with a second check, once we know the exact weight of your animal.

Please contact me to confirm availability before making payment for a reservation. Write me at melissa@skylinesfarm.com or call 208/875-8747.

YOUR CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
In early fall I will contact you to confirm your cutting instructions and to discuss a tentative date & location for delivery.

PROCESSING
Every fall I arrange to have each of the SkyLines reserved pigs professionally and humanely slaughtered, either right here on the farm or at one of my two favorite local, family-owned, custom meat processors in the Moscow, ID area (C&L Locker or Potlatch Pack).

Your pig is then carefully cut to your specifications, double-wrapped with plastic film and heavy-duty freezer paper, labeled with the type of cut and placed in a commercial freezer until it's ready to go into your own home freezer. After cutting, the cured meats you have ordered (bacon, ham, sausage) will be prepared to your specifications. Once the cured meats are ready, your entire order will be ready.

GETTING YOUR ORDER HOME
When your order is nearly ready, I'll contact you to finalize arrangements for delivery. I'll be happy to personally deliver your order at no charge.

>>Free Delivery
Free delivery is currently available to Lewiston, Moscow-Pullman, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and points between. To conserve fuel I consolidate multiple deliveries in each area to a centralized meeting place. If you live in a community not listed here, contact me and we'll try to work out delivery arrangements.

SHIPPING NOT AVAILABLE
Sorry, SkyLines pigs are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed above.



AVAILABLE CUTS from half or whole pig. Choose the cuts you prefer. If you specify no to any cut, that meat will be added to your sausage.

Cut List
- Chop Thickness: 3/4" - 1" - 1-1/2"
- Chops per Package 2 - 3 - 4
- Average Roast Size: 2-3# - 3-4#
- Shoulder Arm Roasts: yes - no
- Shoulder: steaks/chops - 4"x7" bacon - roasts - no
- Loin Roast: roast - chops - no
- Spare ribs: yes - no

- Bacon (avg. 12# from whole pig): yes - uncured (fresh uncured pork belly) - no
- Bacon Peppered: yes - no
- Bacon Sliced: yes - no
- Bacon Thickness : thin - medium - thick

- Leg (avg. 18# each, 2 per whole pig): cured ham - uncured leg roast - no
- Cured Ham: Cut in half w/a few steaks - whole - mini/4-5# ea. boneless - all steaks

- Sausage. Avg. 10# per half pig, 20# per whole pig. Minimum of 10# per flavor and 10# per ground or link. Example: If you order a half pig, order one flavor of sausage and pick either bulk or links. If you order a whole pig, order up to two flavors of sausage and pick all bulk, all links, or half and half (10# of each).
- Bulk Ground Sausage: yes - no
- Flavors: Unseasoned ground pork - Breakfast - Polish - German - Italian - Chorizo.
- Link Sausage: yes - no
- Fresh skinless breakfast flavor links: yes - no
- Fresh skin-on links in flavors below: yes - no
- Smoked skin-on links in flavors below: yes - no
- Link Sausage Flavors: Polish - Bratwurst - Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst - Italian (fresh only) - Chorizo (smoked only).

- Leaf lard for rendering in bulk (average 10 lbs per whole pig), at hanging weight price: yes - no
- Ham hocks separated from ham: yes - no

>> When I contact you in the fall to confirm your cutting instructions I'll attach this order form, for you to complete and return to me. <<


HOW TO ORDER
Contact me today for more information or to reserve your fall pig
Melissa Lines, Owner/Farmer
SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID, 208/875-8747

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WHAT ARE FOLKS SAYING ABOUT SKYLINES LAMB, BEEF, & PORK?

Our customers have been raving for over 25 years. Here's a sampling . . .



"Hi Melissa, I've been meaning to write you for a few weeks now about how much we're enjoying our pork. Wow, so delicious! The fat on the ham is quite possibly the best tasting fat ever! Also, I'd never opened a package of raw and unseasoned ground pork and thought 'mmm, that smells good,' until my first package of plain ground pork from one of your pigs. Unsurpassed quality and taste. Thanks!"
Cheri Tilford, Sandpoint, ID


"We're looking forward to another wonderful year of delicious pork! Thank you for what you do, Melissa. It's wonderful to be able to set the example for our almost four-year-old daughter how important it is to buy humanely, responsibly raised meat. It's delicious and we feel good about supporting good, local farmers who care for these animals so well instead of the commercially raised meats and all the suffering and environmental damage that includes. We're so lucky to have you here locally. Be sure to keep us on your list for next year's purchase!"
Dena Durham, Pullman WA


"Your pork is amazing! I had no idea it was possible that pork could taste like this. It's incredible. You have a lifelong customer. Do you only have pork available once a year? If you'll have more this year I'd like to buy it. Thank you!"
Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB, Sandpoint, ID


"Best Pig Ever. Hi Melissa, just wanted to tell you that we are very happy with the pig we got from you. The meat is exceptional, the bacon the best ever and the processing is top notch."
Mike, Sandi & Jason Barrows, Deary, ID


"Melissa, Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how happy we've been with the beef! We've cooked some steaks by doing a quick sear in garlic butter in a skillet and then putting it in the oven at 250 for 25-30 minutes, and WOW. Perfection! It's even still a decent medium rare, and tender to boot! Thank you so much for your tips and the wonderful product."
Kara Kimball, Garfield, WA


"We are very pleased with the pork we purchased from you! The ground pork is so clean and flavorful. The fat on the chops and steaks is beautiful. It looks so pristine I almost don't want to cook it. Almost. I made a stew with the country-style ribs, braising them in apple cider, cabbage, and mirepoix. Amazing! I also seasoned and roasted the spare ribs which came out fantastic.

I've rendered some of the leaf lard. It is pure, snow white. What a joy to cook with. Thank you for providing us with such a high quality product!"
Dan O, Coeur d'Alene & Sandpoint, ID


"I'm coming back for more! Hi Melissa, I'd like to reserve another half a cow. It's the most delicious beef I've ever tasted. It's so tender, but has texture, and it doesn't have that gamey flavor some grass fed beef can get. It's rich and buttery, just the way quality beef should be. I'm so happy I got my meat from you!"
Kirsten Cleigh, Spokane, WA


"Best bacon ever! Thank you again for raising these animals for us (pork, beef, lamb)!"
Cassandra Claridge, Grangeville, ID

A longtime SkyLines lamb customer shares a Thanksgiving story

"...I've been eating Melissa's grassfed lamb since - oh, at least 1995. It's wonderful. I'll just tell you one story...

One Thanksgiving we had planned to serve one of Melissa's legs of lamb for a big dinner with friends. Well, more and more people kept getting invited so we pulled out all our lamb chops too. On the day of the dinner we still didn't think we'd have enough, so Jimmy went to the supermarket and bought some more lamb chops.

When it was all over everything was gone ... except the store-bought lamb chops! Nobody wanted them, they were all greasy and fatty and awful looking compared to Melissa's. I'd never seen people leave lamb chops on the table before!"
Nancy Gerth, Sandpoint, Idaho


"Melissa - As always, thanks so much for all that you do. I feel SO fortunate to be able to have a humane, local source for virtually all of our meat (beef, lamb, pork). You have changed our diet for the better, and I take every chance I get to tell others about your operation and treatment of animals. And speaking of dogs, give your (livestock guardian) dogs a scratch for me."
Laura Earles, Moscow, Idaho


"This was my first year purchasing beef from you and I'm delighted with it! It's the best I've tasted in years. You will become my only choice for meat from now on. Thanks so much, Melissa, for the outstanding quality you have produced!"
Rhonda Thomas, Oaksdale, WA


        MORE SKYLINES CUSTOMERS RAVE ABOUT THE FLAVOR . . .

        "You know I love your beef and lamb. Will you be doing pork again? You have ruined me as far as ever getting any meat from a grocery store again!"
        Brenda Yates, Spokane, WA


        "We cannot believe the perfect flavor of your lamb!! We will go through what you brought in no time. Is there any chance we can get two to three more lambs?"
        Mary Jane Butters, Moscow, ID
        Founder of MaryJanesFarm "Instant or Quick Prep Organic Meals" and author of "MaryJane's Ideabook-Cookbook-Lifebook for the Farmgirl in All of Us."
        http://www.maryjanesfarm.com


        "We have been enjoying all of the meat we purchased from you. The beef is far more tender than grassfed beef we have eaten in the past. I might need some more come fall. Also, I just took some lamb out of the freezer this morning and yikes, it's almost all gone. Can I reserve two lambs from you again? Thanks so much for doing such an outstanding job raising healthy, happy animals!"
        Jamie Lawrence, Spokane, WA


        "We purchased one whole lamb from you in October. Just wanted to let you know, we absolutely LOVE our lamb. Tastes fantastic and knowing where it is from makes it ever better. We would love to be on your list for another lamb next year if possible.
        Thank You!"
        Stephen and Jaye Hopkins, Spokane, WA


        "Melissa - We had your lamb chops broiled last night for dinner. They were fantastic! We are wondering if we can get more lamb to carry us through the winter?"
        Ronne Wegman, Moscow, Idaho


        "Melissa...Had a "real" steak dinner last night. Your beef was fantastic. My whole family really enjoyed it. It was nice to meet you in person and hope to try lamb next year. Thanks again!"
        Jerry Bothmer, Spokane, WA


        "Melissa, we had lamb meat loaf tonight - mmm! Tell your customers this: For the best gourmet lamb you could ever provide your family, I think you should buy SkyLines Farm lamb. Melissa's animals are treated humanely and raised carefully, you are buying locally, the meat is processed locally...and your stomach will thank you! Never tried lamb? Expand your horizons from feedlot beef and chicken and farmed fish. You won't be disapointed."
        Jeff Kline DDS, Moscow, Idaho



        "Hi Melissa, Just a quick note to let you know that, as in previous years, this year's lamb is great!"
        Regards, Peter Ice, Spokane, WA

HOW TO ORDER
Call or email today, for more information or to reserve your fall pig
Melissa Lines, Owner/Farmer
SkyLines Farm, Harvard, ID
208/875-8747

melissa@skylinesfarm.com

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READ ON TO LEARN HOW THE SKYLINES FARM ANIMALS HAVE BEEN RAISED SINCE 1992 . . .

THE INCREDIBLE FLAVOR OF SKYLINES FARM LAMB, BEEF, & PORK ISN'T THE ENTIRE STORY

When you serve SkyLines Farm lamb, beef, & pork you can feel great about it, knowing that animal was raised the way Mother Nature intended . . . nourished entirely by mom's rich milk, our own lush green summer pastures, and free-choice salt, kelp, and trace minerals. Absolutely nothing else.
(Caveat: Of course, as stated above, the pigs need a more nutrient-dense feed supplement in addition to grass such as milk or grains, for extra protein & calories. The SkyLines Farm pigs receive a daily ration of locally-grown, non-GMO grains (barley & peas), in addition to rotating through our lush green pastures and enjoying daily treats of organic garden veggies and our own organic fruits.)

Unlike much of the livestock raised today, our lambs and beef are never pushed to grow faster with fattening grains or supplements that sometimes even include animal by-products. Instead, they grow at their own natural pace, eating only the simple, fresh foods on which ruminant animals were designed to thrive...well-managed lush green pasture grasses and hays.

"BEYOND ORGANIC" MANAGEMENT PRACTICES RESPECT
THE ANIMALS AND THE LAND

No drugs or chemicals for the 100+ sheep flock OR the beef OR the pigs
Since 1992, all of the SkyLines Farm animals have been hand raised by sustainable and organic methods (though we're not certified organic). SkyLines animals never receive routine antibiotics, growth or fertility hormones, unnecessary and potentially harmful vaccinations, or pesticides such as sheep dips or chemical wormers. (Of course, if an animal should ever fall ill and require medication it's immediately treated and brought back to health, its tag number is noted and the animal is sold through conventional livestock channels.)

It's still working, year after year
In addition to avoiding drugs and chemicals, our organic approach includes regularly scheduled doses of the miracle herb garlic, plus management practices that promote health like making sure pasture stocking rates are low enough to provide plenty of room for all of the animals, lots of fresh air and regular exercise, intensive rotational grazing techniques, and much more.

This philosophy for managing the animals and the farm itself has kept all the SkyLines animals in superb health for many years, without having to rely on the drug and chemical "quick fixes" that so many consider to be essential.

More details on our practices
Visit the
Management Practices pages to learn about all of our management methods and see how successful they've been over the years. There you'll also find details and photos of the team of Great Pyrenees guard dogs who provide the ultimate in predator-friendly protection for the farm.

HOW SKYLINES FARM RAISES SUPERIOR GRASSFED ANIMALS
More and more research is demonstrating that eating meat from grassfed animals is better for our own health, better for the animals we raise, and better for the environment too.

But raising quality grassfed animals requires more than simply allowing the animals free access to grass. Good management of that grass is critical. Two major components of grass management are actively managing the fertility and tilth of the soil and controlling the animals' access to the pastures so the grasses can rest, regrow, and process the nutrients the animals have deposited.

Rotational grazing makes for lush nutritious pastures and happy animals
SkyLines Farm's intensive rotational grazing system allows us to effectively manage the farm's grass while also fulfilling each animal's very natural desire to graze on the freshest feed possible. A network of many subdivided pastures with strategically placed gates and runways allow us to easily and frequently move the animals from pasture to pasture across the farm as they harvest the grasses.

Once the animals are moved from a pasture after grazing, the grasses can rest and regrow undisturbed for many weeks (plus all winter), and the soil can absorb and break down the natural fertilizer the animals left behind.

Over the spring-to-fall grazing season, the SkyLines animals slowly makes two or three trips through the farm's pastures, so they are always dining on actively growing, highly nutritious, "salad bar fresh" greens.

Lean and incredibly great tasting lambs, beef, & pork
Thanks in part to this natural diet and lifestyle (and possibly the periodic doses of garlic), friends and customers frequently comment on SkyLines lamb, beef, and pork's just-right leanness and fantastic flavor. And they tell us just how much they like it by coming back for more, year after year.

Want to learn more about the many benefits of grassfed meat - to our own health, to the well-being of our animals, and to the environment?
If you're interested in additional scientific and anecdotal information about the benefits of raising ruminant animals on grass alone, you could start with Jo Robinson's books, "Why Grassfed is Best!" and "Pasture Perfect," and also visit her extensive website www.eatwild.com.

Here are links to four great articles written by
Jo Robinson that you might find interesting . . .

You Are What Your Animals Eat
Confused about Fat? Choose Grassfed!
The Brand Name Bandwagon
Beyond Organic

  
Thanks for being part of the solution!
When you purchase products from SkyLines Farm,
you're supporting sustainable agricultural practices
and America's small farmers.

SkyLines Farm

4551 Highway 6 Harvard, ID 83834 • 208/875-8747
www.skylinesfarm.com • melissa@skylinesfarm.com