We breed and rear our own stock. They all live outside with well-bedded pig arks for shelter. Despite managing the pigs organically, and remaining certified organic with the Soil Association, because our local abattoir has not renewed its organic status this year, we are no longer permitted to market our pork products as fully organic.
Our Saddleback sows, Broadband and Dialup live a happy life outdoors.
We move the pigs round in the woods, ensuring they have access to fresh ground. While they are dry, the sows may share an ark, but when they are near to farrowing, they move to a new paddock with their own farrowing ark.
When the farrowing is close, we put down a fender round the ark to stop the newborn piglets wandering off. After a couple of weeks this is flipped up and the piglets can run around their pen with their mother and start to eat from the trough with her too.
Piglets are not weaned until they are at least 8 weeks old, which is much older than in non-organic herds (weaning at 3 weeks is quite common).
After weaning the weaners generally move to a fresh paddock with their own ark. They grow on, doing what pigs do, rooting, eating, wallowing, occasionally escaping and generally living the life of riley.
When the time comes, they are taken to a local abattoir and then return for Roland to process into our delicious pork, bacon, ham or sausages.
If you are signed up to our newsletter, or a previous customer, you should be emailed if we have pork available. You can sign up here(takes you to cuckoo farm website)
On the other hand if you are staying on the farm at the campsite, you can be first in the queue for pork, sausages/burgers and bacon at the shop! If there is any left!!