Heritage breeds of hogs are selected that still retain their adaptation to outdoor environments with more foraging ability. We primarily raise the Berkshire breed because of its long history of unsurpassed gourmet meat quality. This breed has been the choice of Royalty and Emperors for centuries. Note that in upscale restaurants Berkshire pork also goes by the name Kurobuta. We plan to include some other quality heritage breeds in our herd in the near future.
We do not produce "The Other White Meat" type of pork with its mushy, anemic, high tallow, and flavorless eating qualities; not unlike industrial chicken. Berkshire pork is well marbled, with textured, succulent, dark reddish brown pork that is overwhelmingly delicious! Add the touches of a good chef and you will never want any other type of pork. Berkshire is also especially well known for its bacon and ham quality.
Caution! Once you have eaten this pork you will not wish to go back to industrial pork. You'll encounter dismay and disappointment which may not be good for business or family relations!
As the piglets grow they continue foraging on pasture and are supplemented with all natural feed that we custom mix using fresh local small grains such as Barley, Wheat, Triticale, Oats, and Peas. Our farm is a dry land farm and when our forage eventually turns dry we pasture a "Forage Salad Bar" of annual plants such as turnips, herbs, sunflowers, and clover among others that supplement the grains. Later in the year we supplement their diet with alfalfa and pea/oat hay which continues through the winter.
Our hogs grow to reach 250 to 300 lbs, larger than most commercial operations that focus on the most economical feed conversion rate rather than the quality of pork and the welfare of the animal. If you wish to purchase a larger hog for a larger variety of possible cuts, you may place custom orders with advance notice to allow us to grow the hog up to 500 lbs.
Modern domestic pigs of all types need grain feeding in addition to pasture to grow normally. All of our feed is soy free and ground, mixed, and prepared fresh at the farm including alfalfa, linseed, and flax meals with Icelandic kelp and fresh local grains like barley, wheat, oats, triticale, and peas grown by our neighbors. This feed mix is provided free choice on pasture along with fresh fruit and vegetables as they are available. They love apples and squash the most.
For more information, please see pages 76 and 218 of The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan © 2006
The meat is processed locally by people we know whose business depends on the quality of their work.
You may talk to them or visit the facility yourself.
Learn More about the health benefits of pastured pork at Eat Wild.com
It is well established that pastured livestock produces meat with higher levels of vitamins, minerals, CLA, and Omega 3. The healthiest freshest feed possible is fed without medications. This, in addition to the healthy outdoor environment, allows the pig to grow free ranging on pasture without abnormal stress. No antibiotics or other artificial growth stimulants such as hormones are ever used. They also enjoy the fresh untreated water, fresh air, and plenty of room to roam, play, and exercise. This all contributes to natural muscle development and a healthy happy animal.
The sow farrows in a well bedded, protected, and roomy area. She is allowed to raise her piglets herself in a social outdoor environment with other family groups. She will generally nurse her piglets for 12-14 weeks providing her natural sources of fat and protein to the piglets. She also continues to mother them, keeping them warm and protected as she teaches them how to forage.