Pastured Pork

Asgaard gets feeder piglets every spring from local farms in Upstate NY or Vermont.  We focus on historic swine breeds that are accustomed to living and foraging outside.  Several of these breeds are threatened or endangered, mostly due to the shift toward intensive pork production using animals that have been bred to tolerate confinement. We raise heritage hogs so we can help keep these "real" pig breeds going, thereby ensuring genetic diversity and the long-term security of our agricultural system.

We normally raise around 20 pigs from breeds including – Tamworths, Large Blacks, Gloucestershire Old Spots and a few crosses among the three. (Check out www.livestockconservancy.org to learn more about the characteristics of these breeds.)  These pig are rotated through a pasture in need of renovation or a recently logged woodlot.  They clear the site, distributing fertilizer and rooting up the soil to facilitate rejuvenated fields or create new silvopastures that will eventually provide the rest of our livestock with shade and forage in the summer as well as protection from the elements in the winter.

Beyond what they find to eat in the woods, our pigs are given lots of whey from the creamery together with feed that is non-GMO or produced by another local farmer.  Occasionally our pigs graze in the pastures adjoining a woodlot.  This diet combination results in meat that is super healthy and truly delicious.

We sell a full range of cuts at our on-line farm store.  The best selections are between late September and the early part of winter when market-ready animals are sent to the butcher.  A limited variety of pork cuts may be purchased at the farmers markets we attend and though select local resellers.

We allocate a small number of pigs to be sold whole or in halves.  If you have a freezer and want to always have superior pork at your fingertips, please get in touch with us early in the year.  Here is a useful link with our pricing information.

 

 

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