The pandemic has made a lot of people re-think how they live. People are becoming more conscious about the environment and sustainability, and how our choices affect the bigger picture. Another thing, we’re becoming more conscious about is our health and what we eat.
A growing part of this interest in food is how meat is farmed. Pasture-raised pork revives traditional pig farming methods (with modern science to back it, of course) to bring healthier, more nutritious meat to your table. Read on for a few reasons why we decided to raise our pigs on a pasture instead of in confined conditions.
Raising pigs in pastures gives them the best quality of life they can have. They can do all the things pigs love to do – eat natural food, root around in the sod, wallow in the mud, and take in as much sunlight as they need to live happy lives. Pigs are meant to be social animals and living in pastures gives them the opportunity to socialize with each other and do things in groups, like sleep together at night, just like they would naturally.
2. Better Nutrition for Humans
Pasture-raised pigs are typically healthier than those living in confined conditions. They develop better as they live more stress-free lives. Being raised outdoors, means they get plenty of sun that they need to develop Vitamin D in their bodies that are then consumed by us.
Additionally, as they eat a natural diet that consists of grass, roots, leaves, acorns, and grubs, they eat food that contains naturally occurring anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats which is then in turn transferred to the meat we eat. In contrast, pigs living in confinement are usually fed GMO-based corn and soy-based diets that have higher omega 6 fatty acids that have been linked to heart disease and other inflammatory ailments.
3. Antibiotic free
Stress-free lives make for healthier pigs, which in turn means they need little to no medication. When pigs live in confinement cages, often in large numbers, manure begins to pile up and the infection spreads easily.
As pasture-raised pig farming methods give pigs plenty of room to move around and such farmers follow organic methods, they avoid using antibiotics and growth stimulators.
4. Environmentally friendly and Sustainable:
Fewer antibiotics mean there are few instances of drug-resistant bacteria developing due to pig farming. Keeping smaller groups of pigs, living naturally outdoors means that their activities actually enrich the land they live on. Rooting around turns over the soil exposing it to air and allows it to develop nutrients naturally as the waste from the pigs fertilizes it. Our pigs are moved from one pasture to another periodically, so the land is allowed to regenerate naturally.
As environmentally conscious farmers, we went the extra mile to get the Animal Welfare Approved certification by AGW which guarantees animals are raised outdoors on pasture or
range for their entire lives on an independent farm using truly sustainable, high-welfare farming practices
5. Better tasting
Fans of pasture-bred pork claim it tastes better than others. Our drove of heritage breed pigs includes Berkshire, Tamworth, and Duroc breeds are known for their rich quality of meat.
Come and say “hello” to us in person at the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market on Saturdays, you can order pork and eggs online too with scheduled weekly deliveries in Salmon Arm, Lower Mainland, Vernon, Coldstream, Lake Country, and Kelowna. Weekly deliveries make it easy to order exactly what you need without worrying about an overflowing freezer.
Try our pasture-raised pork and see the difference for yourself!