We bought a very small intensive piggery in 2012 and have subsequently converted it to a free range piggery, warts and all. We believe that if an animal is going to sacrifice its life for us, the least we could do is honour that animal by the way we rear them. Allow them to behave naturally. Being at the coal face of this obvious conflicting agenda, we believe that balance is the key to our sustainability. Some folks don't care, some choose not to look. In the end how animals are reared will affect everyone. We do what we do because we think that your relationship with the people who produce your food, greatly improves the quality of both your food and the quality of the animals' lives. We try to open up a window to how we do things. The way we do it is by no means the norm.
We rear free range pigs, beef, lamb and chickens. Our pork is our primary focus and they are free range with a supplemented forage crop to go with their normal complete feed ration. We try to rear all our animals in the most caring and ethical manner possible.
Why we don't certify.
Personally, I don’t buy into certifications. There are a number of reasons for this, but primarily it is because it allows people to hide behind misconceptions and catchy names. They are normally based on what people 'don’t do', which is very different from what they do 'actually do'. They are costly too. Any certification that requires the organisation being certified to foot the bill, is flawed. If certification were to work, it would be free and require all market participants to be certified. Until it becomes popular to brand your meat, "factory farmed", "feedlot" or "mass produced", I can't see this happening.
Certifications currently try to make an exclusive club out of something as simple as how food is produced, which it should not be. They abscond responsibility away from the people selling your food. They prop up industrial wholesale, which quite frankly is how we got into this mess in the first place.
We believe in knowing the farmer who produces your food. That is our certification. If your food merchant is not promoting their farmers, they either don't know them, or aren't proud to be associated with them. I'm talking about using people's names or farm's names or faces whatever. Come to think of it, it might be my face that has been the problem all along.
We are happy to try and answer any questions both technical or otherwise. We are happy to try and justify why we do what we do. We encourage farm visits. We are currently trying to improve our accommodation, as we are proud to show off what we do. We understand that every farm is different and some tick boxes don't apply to some farms. We believe in food traceability and knowing who and how it is produced. This is very different to knowing who sells you your food.
All info and images on our Facebook page and website are taken on our farm, they are not stock images, although we like to take them during an attractive time of the day. Primarily they are there to inform. Sometimes it is just easier to show you what we are up to rather than telling you. They are us.