Our venture into pigs started in October of 2021 with the purchase of Idaho Pasture Pigs. True to their name, these pigs have been bred to thrive on limited supplemental feed, while meeting the majority of their dietary requirements on quality pasture--feral pigs thrive on pasture up to 100% of their diet. Our pigs are rotationally grazed with our Katahdin sheep. We are anticipating pastured pork to be available in July of 2023. We are very excited about pigs and the Idaho Pasture Pig breed. Look forward to more developments with this venture in the months ahead as we expand the grass-fed meat options for our customers.
On-Farm Pasture Farrowing
Sows farrow on pasture or in the barn--where ever they prefer. Sows naturally prefer to build nests using grasses or hay in the woods or at the edge of woods for protection and spend the first few days alone with their newborn piglets before returning to the team. Our sows are NEVER confined to farrowing crates and are encouraged to exhibit their natural swine characteristics. Pictured here is Cherry, our sow, who is a fantastic mother and very careful around her piglets.
Like most, we thought that pigs are destructive and stink. A pig outdoors provides an asset with their manure fertilizing the pasture and the high-fiber diet of a pasture pig is readily available nutrients for soil life. Idaho Pasture Pigs have an upturned snout to discourage rooting, but rooting is often a sign of mineral deficiencies in the diet, not a required characteristic of all pigs. While our pigs do light rooting, this will decrease with time, leaving the pasture in better condition for future grazing.
Pork - NOT "The Other White Meat"
Pigs on pasture are active. This shows up in the color of the meat--a nearly red, almost beef-like appearance. Idaho Pasture Pigs take about 10 months to reach a market weight of around 250 pounds. This additional time allows for a greater flavor to enhance the eating experience. Our pigs are fed minimal grain--primarily to meet their vitamin and mineral requirements--the majority of their diet comes from the pasture. A pig outdoors has access to a higher diversity of foods resulting in a more nutrient-dense meat.