Our pigs are forested -- they don't hold up well in the heat without plenty of shade. Not to mention the woods are ideal for pork production.
Pastured pork is more nutritious. Pastured pork has higher levels of vitamin E, healthy Omega-3 fatty acids,and many other nutrients than conventionally raised pork.
Pastured pork is more humane. Pigs raised on pasture have more than just freedom from confinement, they have the freedom to behave in natural ways. The pigs are free to engage in natural rooting and socializing behaviors, and can enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
Pastured pork is safer for human health. Pastured pork is less likely to be contaminated with E.coli.
Pastured pork increases agricultural biodiversity. In the United States, most pork comes from just four breeds of pig - Yorkshire, Landrace, Hampshire, and Duroc - because these breeds are most suitable for confinement breeding operations. Most pastured pork, however, comes from hardy, self-sufficient heirloom breeds, such as the Gloucestershire Old Spot.
Is pastured pork more flavorful? Many people believe it is. Almost anyone you ask that has tried our pork will tell you it is delicious! Some even claim to be addicted to the sausage :)
Gloucestershire Old Spots
According to the Livestock Conservancy, the Gloucestershire Old Spot...
"is a historic pig breed known for its distinctive white coat with black spots. The breed was developed in the Berkley Vale of Gloucestershire, England, during the 1800s.
Gloucestershire (pronounced Glostersheer) pigs were selected as excellent foragers and grazers. The pigs are thrifty, able to make a living from pasture and agricultural by products, such as whey from cheese making, windfall apples in orchards, and the residue from pressing cider. These easy keeping qualities gave Gloucestershire Old Spots the nicknames “cottage pig” and “orchard pig.” British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by the apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food.
As of 2009, there are about less than 1000 Gloucestershire Old Spots in Great Britain and fewer than 200 breeding animals in the US. The breed notably benefits from continued support of the British Royal Family who favors pork from these pigs for their table.
The Gloucestershire Old Spots pig is known for its docility, intelligence, and prolificacy. Boars reach a mature weight of 600 lbs (136 kg) and sows 500 lbs (125 kg)."