Pasture Raised Pigs in Kansas City
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At Synergistic Acres, we raise pigs the way pigs were meant to be raised - outside in fresh and rotated woodlots. Our pigs are DIFFERENT! We started from day 1 of raising pigs with a focus on giving them the greatest life while ensuring they produce EXCEPTIONALLY TASTY pork.
Pork is only a byproduct however. The pigs are an essential part of our farm and our passion to improve the land year after year. Their rooting, foraging, and fertilizing ensure that our woodlands thrive with renewed life every time they are rotated to the next lush paddock.
This is just one more example of the synergistic "magic" animals and land can have when allowed to flourish in their natural environments.
There are three main points that make our pork exceptional.
#1 Diet (whey, acorns, pumpkins, vegetable scraps, natural forage, organic grains)
Since our pigs are rotated through wooded paddocks, a large part of their diet is made of natural forages (nuts, grass, roots, insects, toads, etc) that they spend their days searching for.
In addition to what forage our pigs find, they also get delicious healthy whey from a local, organic dairy. Whey is an important part of our pigs diet, and one that adds immensely to the flavor and healthfulness of the pork. Since whey contains many healthy amino acids and other minerals not in other foods, it means our pork also contains these same healthy minerals and amino acids. our pigs drink over 500 gallons a week during the dairies milking season.
We also provide seasonal surpluses to our pigs. In the fall, they get thousands of pounds of pumpkins, in the winter they eat hundreds of pounds of acorns and year-round, they eat all the great vegetable scraps we get from local organic groceries.
#2 Natural Living
These pigs live outside their entire lives acting like Pigs. They root, they wallow, they snort, they fight, they play, they chase and they hunt for food. Being outside fundamentally changes the animal and makes for outstanding, flavorful pork. However, our pigs don't just live outside in permanent mucky "pig stys." Instead, they are regularly rotated to new, fresh paddocks, where they forage and graze, but move on before they damage the land.
An added benefit of all this natural, healthy living is we do not need to add anything artificial to our pigs. No antibiotics, no artificial hormones and no wormers. Visit our picture gallery to see how pastured pigs live at Synergistic Acres.
#3 Heritage genetics
Our pigs come from a Heritage breed that has held on to old-world genetics. Large Black is the name of the very special breed we raise. The meat you get from them has not been bred to be grown fast and cheaply. Instead, it has been bred to be flavorful and nutritious. A notable difference! Specifically, our pigs, Large Blacks, have been bred for generations to have outstanding meat characteristics. They have a uniquely micro-marbled meat with short fibers ensuring tenderness. If the only pork you have eaten before is from the grocery store, you are in for a real treat!
Additionally, our pigs live longer and grow larger than is the standard for other farms. This ensures lots of flavor has been grown into these pigs from all of the forages they eat. In addition, it ensures there will lots of large, delicious cuts to enjoy. We are anticipating these pigs to weigh around 300#. The reason most farms don't grow pigs out to this size is that it costs considerably more to feed them after they have reached 200# in addition to managing them on the land for an extended time. However, it is also when the flavor begins to be set -- and that's what we are after - the best tasting pork ever!
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