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10 Differences between Grocery Store Pork and Watson Farms Pastured-Raised Pork!

This is part of a multi-part blog series comparing the benefits of pasture-raised proteins from Watson Farms with the industrial food system counterparts.

Today we come to you with some truths explaining what goes on with industrial pork production and grocery store pork and how it is different from Watson Farms Pasture-Raised Pork!

This is how we believe hogs should be raised. ON GRASS. This is the life we choose for our hogs on our farm, but this is not how 90% of hogs in the U.S. are able to live.

Hogs raised on pasture are healthier and produce a better product that consumers are seeking. 

Here are 10 way s that our hogs live a different life than conventionally-raised hogs.

Ours: Mother pigs live and birth naturally and are never confined to crates.
Theirs: Mother pigs confined to crates for the entirety of adult life.

Ours: Raised in an outdoor immune-building environment.
Theirs: Raised in sterile environments promoting weak immune systems.

Ours: Strong immune systems that negate the need for medications. 
Theirs: Weak immune systems that require drugs and antibiotics for survival.

Ours: Allowed to grow naturally and accumulate healthy body fat.
Theirs: Fed drugs like Paylean to promote lean muscle growth.

Ours: Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air daily.
Theirs: Subjected to artificial lighting most of their life.

Ours: Raised in smaller groups outdoors.
Theirs: Raised in large building housing a few THOUSAND pigs at a time.

Ours: Natural breeding when they are ready.
Theirs: Planned artificial insemination in crates or gestation pens.

Ours: Time tested hardy Heritage genetics.
Theirs: Fragile hyridized industrial genetics.

Ours: Regenerative mindset: Happier – Slower – Better Health
Theirs: Industrial mindset: Fatter – Faster – Bigger – Cheaper

Ours: 200+ square feet of rotated pasture space per pig.
Theirs: 7.5 square feet of concrete floor space per pig.

To see some of the differences take a look at the photos below.

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Points of Interest

We wanted to take a moment and provide you with some information you might find helpful.  We have a lot going on so we want you to be able to take full advantage of everything we offer.

First, we have deliveries almost every weekend (including this evening to our Columbia locations and tomorrow to our York County locations).  Thanks to everyone who picks up at these locations!  You can see when and where we are going to be by checking our Calendar.

Second, we have on-farm chicken processing coming up.  This year you have the option to pick up fresh whole broilers right after they are processed.  Go here to check it out.

Also, now is a great time to get on our list for a custom-cut bulk beef.  This has been a very popular option for many of you over the years, and we have a processing date coming up.  Go here for more information.  Here’s Matt and Noah getting a whole beef loaded for delivery to a happy customer.

And if you’d like to see some pigs doing what they do best (eating, rooting, wallowing), take a tour with us in the video above!

Lastly, thank you all so much for opting out of the industrial food system and investing in sustainable, pasture-raised proteins straight from the farm.  If you know someone else that might enjoy our products please let them know!  We rely heavily on word-of-mouth advertising so feel free to share this blog post.  We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you in the future!