Monday, July 6, 2009
With most outdoor pig operations, the pigs erode the pastures, because of overstocking. Also, if you get busy and don't move them around, they'll ruin stuff to the point where it can't recover.
It has gone that way at The Herbfarm, Mosefund, Wooly Pigs's Farm #2, etc.
Provenance Farm (651-583-2252) is the only Minnesota producer of Mangalitsa. They keep their pigs in Taylor Falls. It is clear the pigs are well cared for.
When we saw Provenance Farm's photos (see here) a lot of us were skeptical, because we figured it would just be a few moments before they'd destroy that beautiful (and tasty) grass. It was too good to be true.
But it isn't a trick!
As Christina of Provenance Farms explains, they move the pigs every 4-5 days. If you've got enough space and you move those pigs around, it can work.
It is nice to see someone keeping Mangalitsa outdoors without ringing the pigs and without lots of erosion or pigs digging out trees they've killed.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 1:46 PM