Serenity Farm

  (Coshocton, Ohio)
Naturally raised Chickens, eggs, Tamarack Swine
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The Real Cost of Pork!

Why do I have a picture of eggs in an article about Pork? It is very simple. They are closely inter related. The egg on the left is an egg from a grocery store. The egg on the right is an egg laid by a chicken farm raised and free ranged. Pork is very similar. Pigs raised by factory farms are very different from pigs raised on a farm, even genetically. Typical factory farms keep pigs crammed together in pens. There is no real exercise other than milling around on a concrete floor which gets hosed off when the feces gets too deep. Mothers are artificially inseminated in gestation crates with no room to even turn around. Some have their legs held open in the farrowing crates so that the piglets have 24/7 access to the milk. These pigs never see sunshine and are housed in huge indoor barns with large industrial fans. To combat illness (Think of poverty stricken nations suffering from over crowding), these pigs are loaded with antibiotics.
I am not an overly religious man, nor am I an animal activist, but this makes me sick to my stomach. Not only do I wish to eat this type of meat, but I do not wish to support this kind of human behavior. God gave man dominion over all the animals, including the way we raise them. What disgusts me even more, is that even with the horrendous conditions, auspiciously enough, in an effort to make meat more affordable, our government subsidizes these factory farms.


Here is a picture of 2 of our pigs. The larger one on the left is our sow to be, she should be able to be bred next month (December 2012). Her name is Lucy or Ethel, I have to ask Carla. The other is a feeder pig, unnamed. As you can see, these pigs get to see the light of day every day. They get daily exercise even if it is to find some root or meander to the pond for a drink. Our pigs are not just any pig, but a heritage breed, Tamworths, called the bacon pig, a very lean pig, bred to be a good forager, a good mother, and to make good meat. Now, I was raised in the city and I have spent a lifetime listening to different marketing ploys, but the difference in taste is night and day.

Thanks for visiting with me,
Shawn
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