We have paddocks in the wood that we have set up and rotate the pigs through out the paddocks. You should see their faces when they get in a new paddock with fresh forage. They barely eat grain the first week because they are out exploring and turning over leaves. They may not know it, but they are really working for us though. They help us manage the woods. They even help with ticks, as the ticks survive winters under leaves in the forest, but when the pigs turn over those leaves, the leaves are composted quicker and the habitats that the ticks survive winter in are no longer there. That was one of the added bonuses that we did not expect, but we have seen a drastic reduction in ticks where the pigs have paddocks. The old decaying stumps and branches also are broken apart and put back into the soil. The pigs will leave the bigger trees alone but help manage some of the small ones that are popping up, leaving the forest room to breathe. They have a happy healthy environment, and we benefit from their work.
Forest raised pork allows the pigs to
be raised in their natural habitat.
The pigs thrive in the soft soil of the
woods while foraging for plants, roots,
and other nutrients in their paddocks.
At Olde Haven Farm we raise heritage
breed pigs who are heartier and able
to adapt to the temperature exteremes
in Maine. This habitat allows the pigs
to be raised outdoors year around and
free from confinement.
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