Raising Pastured Pork is Walter Jeffries specialty and today he talks about how he raises them on the Agricultural Insights Podcast
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More info on Walter and Pastured Pork:
Walter’s farm: Sugar Mountain Farm which produces Pastured Pork
About Sugar Mountain Farm: We are a small, family owned and operated farm in the mountains of Vermont. We breed and raise pigs all naturally on pasture and hay plus dairy to produce our high quality pork, roasters for events and live piglets for people who would like to raise their own. Holly delivers year round on our weekly delivery route to stores, restaurants and individuals. We have about four hundred pigs in two breeding herds of pigs with approximately forty to sixty sows and three boars. Our pigs are a cross of several heritage breeds – predominantly Yorkshire x Berkshire x Large Black with some Tamworth, Glouster Old Spot and Hampshire. Good Old American Pigs. We have been selectively breeding them for over a dozen pig generations between our herds. For a while we had a purebred Tamworth boar and currently we have a purebred Berkshire boar in one of our herds. With each generation we breed the best of the best and eat the rest. Gradually over time this results in the improvement of the herd, stronger animals adapted to our climate, better meat flavor, marbling, length, temperament, mother and pasture grazing ability to name a few of the traits we select for.