I hear of plenty of folks raising free-range / Organic chicken, organic
beef , eggs, and such for sale, and was thinking about ways to produce pork
that would be of interest to CSA members or other discerning consumers
concerned with the safety, nutrition, and flavor of their food and the
Having worked on commercial hog farms in the past, I have no desire to
build a multimillion $$ building and lagoon, but am interested in some form
of "Pasture Pig" production system possibly combined with a Hoop House
farrowing "barn" with a concrete floor where the sows would be bedded on
wood chips or straw, and the waste and soiled bedding would be composted.
Anyone ever hear of anything similar? The hoop house idea was given to me
from a friend who thought there was something on it on the internet, but I
can't find it.
Any feedback from others who sell meat as part of their farm operations?
Also could use some info. on what is considered "organic" health care of
livestock. Can vaccinations be used? Are antibiotics allowed for treatment
of breeding animals (talking about injections to combat a specific illness,
not preventative doses)?
If I take on this enterprise, I doubt that the pigs would be "organic" due
to lack of available Organic feeds, but want to raise them to appeal to the
"No additives, hormones, or antibiotics" crowd.
Long Island VA
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