How we rear our pigs
All our pigs are born outdoors and live their whole lives in the lush green pastures of our farm at Packington. Whilst pregnant, a pig lives in a paddock with seven other sows. Each has their own well-bedded house or "arc" perfect for their new little piglets. They give birth and raise their litter of piglets in these comfortable and safe surroundings.
The sows are free to wander in and out of their arc at their leisure while their piglets are kept warm and protected from the elements. Once the piglets are big enough they can jump out of the arc to play in the grass, getting plenty of exercise and root in the soil as nature intended.
When the piglets are weaned off their mother's milk, they move into large kennels with a warm indoor area but the pigs still have large outdoor areas to play in. As they grow old enough they are moved into the spacious outdoor rearing paddocks. These have wonderfully comfortable tents for shelter. This gives them lots of space to exercise and the outdoor conditions provide an environment where they can behave naturally and exhibit their instinctive characteristics at their leisure.