Animal care is paramount to us.
Our farm is a farrow to finish operation, that means that we have a herd of breeding females (sows) who we care for approximately for 4 months before they give birth (farrow).
A great deal of time, effort, and care go into the first few weeks of raising pigs. Preventing them getting hurt by their mothers, keeping them warm and dry, paying particular attention to their drinking, eating, and resting habits requires a dedicated, committed and knowledgeable caretaker. Oliver has been involved in raising pigs since the early 1980’s and took livestock technology as his major in college.
At 6 to 7 weeks, pigs are transitioned to our own home-made feed using the corn, wheat, barley, buckwheat, and peas that we grow on the farm… so, yes, we can confidently say, we know what goes into our animals. With the aid of a feed specialist, we ensure that our pig’s diets are balanced to each stage of growth.
After the 5 weeks, our sows return to their group pen on straw to start the gestation cycle all over again. This system allows us to produce safe, nutritious, consistent fresh pork products for our customers 52 weeks of the year.
With regards to how we feed our pigs. Other than the first two stages of purchased starter feeds… all the feed for our pigs is made right here on the farm, using our home-grown GMO-free corn, wheat, barley, buckwheat, and peas. Only mineral and soymeal are purchased to properly balance the rations barring a disastrous cropping season. Keeping all of our livestock safe and healthy is job one for us!
We limit introduction of new animals into the farm, we do not allow guests to wander around and we make sure that the quality of the feed and bedding are top notch. It is true that an ounce of prevention bets a pound of cure! We raise our pigs without the regular use of antibiotics (and hormones, but let’s be clear, hormones are not used in Canadian pork production anywhere!). We however will protect the health of and aid in the recovery of a health issue with the individual use of antibiotics. We strictly follow label directions and follow the scientifically proven guidelines of the national on farm food safety program (CPE) for pork production should treatment be required.
The use for high quality feed ingredients, attention to the comfort and environment of the pigs, plus the natural immunity of the heritage Tamworth pigs supported by a solid vaccination program ensures safe pork products from our farm to your table.
Our cattle practices.
The herd no longer needs to deal with wildlife risks, be pestered by dogs or stressed by 4 wheelers and hunters. We can very closely monitor the health and well-being of all our cattle at multiple times per day. We know that the feed is of good and consistent quality and that if an issue should arise, it can be addressed in a timely manner. The cattle of course have access to shelter on inclement days and the young calves have their own shelter with 24/7 access to very high protein hay. Just like with our pigs, Haanover View Farms produces all the feed for our cattle, and again… yes, we know what goes into them. Our grass-fed beef animals receive higher quality and higher protein hay and haylage to aid in more efficient growth, which gives our lean beef it’s desired qualities.