We are proud to raise and breed Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS), a rare heritage breed that is known for its docility, friendliness, foraging intelligence, and self-sufficiency. Their finished meat is widely known to be marbled, sweet, tender, and incredibly rich.
Pigs that heal their ecosystem and ours.
Managing our holistically-foraged pigs wherever their ecologic impat is needed on the farm is crucial to developing a healthier and larger animal with more intramuscular fat and complexity of flavor. Acorns give their meat a rich nuttiness, sweetness, and more omega-3 fatty acids, while forage plants like wild blueberry, sumac, wild carrot, milkweed, tree seedlings, clover, and soil create a unique, truly healing, and farm-specific nutrition that also regenerated its environment in the process.
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Pigs are omnivores and, if not properly cared for, this becomes a great issue. In some farmed environments, they eat leftover scraps they find laying around, their own feces, as well as the dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own young.
The questions is what is the natural behavior for a wild pig?
Pigs by nature are not “herding” animals and cannot thrive in “the pasture.” They are not low-level prey species like sheep or goats, or even cattle. They are not “bunching” animals but instead loosely roam large ecosystems rummaging and tilling as they go.
Our management is built to mimic this natural functioning by placing them in large paddocks where they can generally spread out, forage as they desire, and not over-crowed each other. Happy pigs don’t eat dead pigs … or their feces … or their farmers.