What is natural pig farming?


 
Natural farming is a philosophy of farming that looks to work with nature and the natural world to raise livestock and crops in a profitable, higher animal welfare, low environmental impact way. 

Natural pig farming is bases its philosophy on natural farming. It promotes a low cost, high profit, high pig welfare, non environmental polluting system of raising healthy pigs using a deep bed sty flooring system. It puts pig welfare at the heart of its system to provide a high welfare, healthy environment that focuses on respecting a pigs natural behavioral needs. It is designed to enable pigs to carry out core natural behavior within a real world environment even though they are raised in pens.

Key components

 The key components of the natural pig farming system of raising pigs include:
  • An philosophy that puts high pig welfare at the heart of operational practice
  • Deep pen bed of manipulable material that
    • helps act (via the aid of micro-organisms) a rapid breakdown of fecal matter
    • provides a stimulating pig environment that allows for their natural rooting behavior 
  • Open, low stock density group housing pens with stable family groupings that guarantee no pig vice issues
  • Non-external polluting system for handling animal waste
  • Natural ventilation and air circulation from open sided buildings that allow outside environment to regulate air flow and temperature (fresh air, sunshine, breeze)
  • Feed regime that includes fresh fodder foods
  • No systematic cruelty or pig mutilation
    • No pig mutilation
    • No imprisonment of sows in sow stalls or farrowing crates
    • No routine use anti-biotics or growth promoters

In short, through respecting the behaviorial needs of our pigs and using the positive power of natures processes we raise healthy contented pigs in a high profit, low cost system.

Natural pig farming v factory farming

The table below summarises how the natural pig farming way of raising pigs compares with factory farming. Whilst the term factory farming raises the image of thousands of pigs being raised in appalling conditions, the fact is, many small scale operators, and indeed small holders who raise only a few pigs, follow many of the abusive practices of these large scale intensive operators. That is the insidious evil of modern intensive farming. It has spread its poisonous methods well beyond its own walls.  

Core components

Natural pig farming

Factory farming

Pig high welfare centered operating philosophy

Yes

No

Manipulable sty floor materials

Yes

No

Stable family groups

Yes

No

Open pens with staple family groups that eliminate pig aggression issues

Yes

No

Non environment polluting system for handling pig excrement

Yes

No

Natural ventilation and air circulation

Yes

No

Feed regime that includes fresh feed

Yes

No

No systematic cruelty or pig mutilation

 Yes

No

No routine use of anti-biotics or growth promoters

 Yes

No

 Low set up and operational costs

 Yes

 No

Natural pig farming ticks all the right boxes.

 

The better way to raise pigs