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Finding Free Range Foraging Pigs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

In Spain, Iberico pigs subsist on a diet of acorns. They are high in omega 3's and are some of the most sought after meat on the planet at around $50/lb. I've been trying to find pigs that are not grain fed and not $50/lb. Any of you guys have some good sources? Help is much appreciated.

PS - I just bought a boar spear and am going to hunt a boar soon but it would be nice to have a source to purchase bacon, etc.

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on November 15, 2010
at 09:20 PM

Thanks Kilton! A local health food store carries their beef. I'll get them to order me some pork next time!

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on November 15, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Do your friends have dogs? Dogs are kind of essential... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lvttoQ0WAA

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on November 15, 2010
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They don't affirmatively say that they don't also feed them grains/nuts.

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on November 15, 2010
at 01:44 PM

I have 2 friends that have offered to let me hunt their land.

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on November 15, 2010
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forestfed.com

I haven't tried it, but they are definitely free-range foraging pigs.

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on November 15, 2010
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They don't affirmatively say that they don't also feed them grains/nuts.

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on November 17, 2010
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I'm looking to purchase a whole pig (the most forest-foraging one I can get!) so I've been scouring eatwild.com for farms within a few hours' drive.

The http://forestfed.com/ farm is relatively close to me, so I went ahead and e-mailed them about their feed-to-forage ratio (it mentions on their website that "in addition to the food they forage the pigs also receive a ration of a locally made feed containing ground corn, minerals, and molasses").

Here was their response:

"The ratio of forage to feed varies during the year. In the Autumn it is as high as 4:1 because of the acorns and other nuts. In the Winter it drops to as low as 1:4 when there is not much in the woods to eat."

I don't have any idea if this is the standard feeding practice for free-range pigs on small farms. I'm going to e-mail some of the other local farms who offer pastured/foraging pigs to see if they use similar feed rationing.

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on November 16, 2010
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http://forestfed.com/

Some of the best sausage I have ever had!

The other incredibly awesome pork I've had was from a lamb farmer that had three pigs she raised on the side. They got a lot of household scraps and lived free-range.

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on November 15, 2010
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8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on November 15, 2010
at 09:20 PM

Thanks Kilton! A local health food store carries their beef. I'll get them to order me some pork next time!

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on November 15, 2010
at 01:41 PM

Not an answer, but I've been planning on doing the same myself. Have you found a guide service yet? I've been thinking that these guys look promising: http://www.a-wild-boar-hog-hunting-florida-guide-service.com/

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on November 15, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Do your friends have dogs? Dogs are kind of essential... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lvttoQ0WAA

8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on November 15, 2010
at 01:44 PM

I have 2 friends that have offered to let me hunt their land.

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