Tamworth Pigs are one of the oldest breed of pigs. Long heads and impressive snouts enable these pigs to be efficient foragers. They do well in pasture-based farming systems. Ginger red coats make the pigs adaptable to a variety of climates and protect them from sunburn.
Currently we purchase weaned Tamworth pigs from an Ontario pasture-based farm both in the spring and again in fall and raise them in the bush. We rotate the pigs through large woodlot paddocks. This allows them to graze and root in their natural environment. Pigs are quite destructive so we move them in order to give the pasture a chance to bounce back before they return again.
The pigs are out on woodlot pastures throughout their time on our farm. In addition to pasture we feed them hay and a mix of organic grains (oats, spelt & field peas) milled right on the farm, as well as locally produced dairy. We also enjoy feeding them in-season produce when we can.
The Tamworth breed is a naturally slower growing variety of pig so we raise them for 9 to 10 months. All of our pigs are processed in a provincially inspected facility.
Click on the document link to check out our Pastured Pork Newsletter for more information.