Our heritage breed pigs (Gloucestershire Old Spots or GOS) are meant to have time on the pasture. We use electric netting to rotate them into new pasture every so often so they can continue to root and graze. Opening up new pasture is like sending your kids to the ice cream bar! It is fun to watch. I swear, pigs do smile!
Remember when Abe bit me? Well, I think he has forgiven me. He finally realized I made his life 1,000 times better when I introduced him to Gabby and Maggie. I’m sure he enjoys their company and trying to make bacon seeds (if you know what I mean!).
Some farmers put their pigs on concrete. We prefer the pastured method. Pigs instinctually root for food. One of our goals as farmers is to produce food from animals that led happy, healthy lives. Once the pigs have rooted an area, we plant seed of different grasses and veggies in that area so by the time the pigs return to that area they have fresh forage. We also believe that the variety of plants in their diet is healthier than only feeding them corn. These three pigs are our breeding pigs, which makes it even more important to keep them healthy and happy.