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KuneKune pigs

A face only a mother could love!

Kune Kunes are a smaller breed of swine that make them perfect for just about any size farm.  One thing that characterizes the KuneKune pig is it's short, upturned snout.  This breed characteristic makes them quite suitable for grazing.  They much prefer to graze on a pasture over anything else. 
The KuneKune pig is unique in that they have a very docile and friendly personality.  This combined with their small stature and grazing ability ranks them as a highly sought after breed of swine.

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Berkshire/Red Wattle Cross

The Berkshire pigs are intelligent animals.  They are well known for their quality meat production. The Berkshire pork is prized for juiciness, flavor and tenderness, is pink-hued and heavily marbled.
The Red Wattle hog is a breed of domestic pig originating in the United States. It is named for its red color and distinctive wattles or tassels, and is on the threatened list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  At Orella we have crossed these two breeds using a Berkshire sow with a Red Wattle boar.

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Cornish Cross Chicken 

The Cornish Cross, or Broiler is a hybrid breed crossing a Cornish with a Plymouth Rock.  Although this is the industry standard for meat production our birds are anything but standard.  Our birds enjoy being "pasture grown".  That is, along with Organic Modesto Milling feed, they enjoy living on pasture within the safety of a "chicken tractor".  This mobile coop is moved every other day to fresh pasture.

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Belted Galloway/LowLine Cross Cattle

 The Belted Galloway is a traditional Scottish breed of beef cattle. Galloways were imported to North America beginning in the 1940's.  Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef.  Bredding in the "lowline" makes for a smaller frame that is easier on the land.  

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Rambouillet/Targhee Cross Sheep

We are thrilled with our new partnership with Cuyama Lamb.  This contract grazing outfit uses Orella Ranch as a seasonal grazing site.  We are both dedicated to using the sheep as stewards to improve the health of our pastures.

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