A pig on a pasture (or in our case, in an oak forest) is the DEFINITION of bliss. No thing, and no one, on this planet can be happier than a pig romping, running, and rooting through the woods. It's a crying shame to raise pigs any other way.
Rotation & Forage
Our pigs live primarily in the old oak forest of our home ranch near the Elkhorn Slough. Here we have well-drained sandy soils, a variety of plants on the forest floor, ample roots and bugs, and fallen tree trunks that host a smorgasbord of tasty little critters.
A single strand of electrified wire keeps the pigs where we want them (most of the time). These temporary corrals are rotated to new parts of the woods every month or so to allow the ground and plants to recover from the pigs' disturbance.
Pasturing pigs requires the farmer to closely manage an ecological cycle of disturbance and recovery. Maintaining balance in this cycle is an evolving art and a new science. It's a challenge, but we're committed to getting it right!