For many years, our 160 acre farm has been home to a large hog operation, using the open-pasture-method to provide a natural environment, where the hogs could freely root in the soil for natural nutrients and could graze either planted wheat, hay grazer, coastal, or just the native vegetation. We only fed antibiotic-free and growth-hormone-free feed to our hogs. Only the pigs with the most ideal body conformation were selected for show pigs or breeding stock. All the other pigs were placed in the feed lot where they were fattened and sold to customers who value natural meat.
This sow and her litter of pigs were sheltered in the small hut in the background, but they were free to exercise and graze on the natural vegetation in the open pen.
These replacement Spot, Poland, and Berk gilts were sheltered under the pecan trees in the tank pasture. They could root in the sand to cool off, and graze the available grass while being fed antibiotic-free and hormone-free feed.
These Spot, Poland, Berk, and Crossbred pigs were weaned and grouped together by size in this large open pen. They had the shelter of the open shed and they were fed antibiotic-free and hormone-free feed in the shelf feeders.