Pasture Raised Pork

GVF pork may be purchased by the piece or share at the Farm Store or online

If pigs were given snouts to root, why would the industrial farming industry put them on concrete floors or place rings in their noses? 

Want to know a dirty secret about how we raise clean pork at GVF? ... We let the pigs get dirty! There are so many advantages to having pigs on pasture, besides the obvious fact that it is their natural habitat. All of the microorganisms in the dirt, all of the nutrients and minerals from the roots and legumes, and all of the fresh air and sunlight combine to provide a respectable life for this wonderful animal as well as the most nutrient dense pork you will ever eat.             

Pastured Pigs are Vitamin Enriched — NaturallyPigs raised on pasture have 300 percent more vitamin E and 74 percent more selenium (a vital antioxidant) in their milk than pigs raised in confinement, according to Don C. Mahan Professor of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University. This bounty of nutrients promotes healthier litters, shorter farrowing times, and good milk let down. The pigs' meat is enriched with vitamins as well. Fortifying the pigs' diet with synthetic vitamins, the standard practice in confinement operations, does not achieve the same results because the artificial vitamins are more poorly absorbed.( & Mutetikka, D.B., and D.C. Mahan, 1993. Effect of pasture, confinement, and diet fortification with vitamin E and selenium on reproducing gilts and their progeny. J. Anim. Sci. 71:3211.)