Better meat makes better cured meat, and better meat relies on humane husbandry.
Over the last decade+ of our business, we have worked to support the kinds of farm systems and animal husbandry practices that we believe in. This has meant working closely with the farmers who raise the pigs we buy to develop standards and protocols for the animals in their care. The pork we buy comes from the top .5% of the pork raised in the US!
All of our suppliers adhere to the following protocol:
No crates or cages All pigs must have room to move around and socially congregate and be able to root in deep bedding. This respects the pigs’ social instincts and natural behaviors.
No confinement No pigs from CAFOs (large animal confinement facilities).
No antibiotics Pigs must not receive non-therapeutic antibiotics, ionophores, hormones, or synthetic hormones. Our farmers can treat illnesses, but they do not use hormones or antibiotics to artificially promote growth.
No animal byproducts Pigs may not be fed animal byproducts, which helps avoid numerous health and environmental problems.
Much of the pork that we use goes above and beyond these standards, including programs using pasture-raised, outdoor-raised and heritage breed pork.
Some of the fantastic producers we are lucky to work with:
This Missouri-based farmer-owned company is our primary supplier for our Americano line meats and produces antibiotic-free, humanely raised, and heritage breed pork. Hogs are raised outdoors and with the greatest of care. Learn more
RUSS KREMER'S FAMILY FARM
Russ Kremer raises our Acorn Tamworth hogs. Each fall these pigs forage freely in a fruiting oak and hickory forest. An estimated 60-75% of their diet consists of acorn and hickory nuts. This gives Russ an sustainable way to make use of the wooded hillsides on his property, the pigs a happy life, and their meat an incredible depth and richness. Russ' program is rated Step 4 by the Global Animal Partnership.