We are a small Kootenay farm growing ethically raised pork for those who wish to purchase healthy food directly from farmers in the Kootenays.
At Havesome Hogs we refer to those who eat our products as supporters, not customers or consumers. When you support our farm, you support local butchers and slaughter professionals. You support local businesses like the Hume Hotel and Nelson Brewing Company by helping keep their waste product out of landfills and making them more sustainable by reducing their environmental footprints.
We started growing pork by purchasing weaners each spring and growing them out until fall. This worked okay for several years but eventually, high grain prices and low hog prices in large commercial markets meant weaners were harder to come by, more expensive and farmers who sold them kept the largest and sold the smallest. We didn't like the fact these pigs had their tails docked and teeth trimmed and started life in commercial farm system with gestation and farrowing crates followed by large barns with slatted floors. It didn't fit with us or the kind of foodscape we want to be part of and support.
In 2012, we decided to purchase Tamworth breeding stock and haven't looked back. It hasn't been without challenges but we are happy to be producing an excellent product superior to anything for sale at grocery stores. Because we care for these animals from beginning to end, we can say without a doubt these animals are raised with care through their entire lives.
We are able to sell our pork at the farm gate with our approved E Class Slaughter License. This license allows us direct sales but no sales to retailers or restaurants. This works well for our farm and for you as we can sell our product at a lower price than retailers and make a bit more ourselves.
We have a secret weapon at our farm. Through a partnership with Nelson Brewing Company our hogs eat what's left after a batch of Faceplant Ale or Harvest Moon Hemp Ale is made. While the brewing process takes out 2/3 or the crude protein, the spent malt and hops add taste and character to the pork. There's no doubt this feed makes pork tastier and the pigs love it too.
Our animals also eat a grower ration from a farm in Alberta. This feed contains barley, alfalfa, soy, minerals with water soluble vitamin A, D, and E, salt and canola oil. Canola oil is used as binder to keep dust down and the soy and canola oil make up less than 5% of the total feed. The farmer we support grows much of his own feedstock which he mixes at his farm. We also purchase grower ration and grains from Eastman Farms in Creston.
The hogs also eat substantial quantities of waste produce and scraps we collect from local businesses.
We don't use antibiotics, hormones or drugs of any kind unless animals are sick. With our hardy heritage breed hogs, this rarely happens.