Kingsholm Farms Margo & Kevin King
We are full time livestock farmers, husbands to the herds and flocks that we raise. We are stewards of the land and we have reverence for the life of the animals we raise and the people that they feed. We feed our animals organically and raise them naturally, which means to us, truly free-range.
We believe that raising our animals in a clean environment, as closely to nature as possible, feeding them organically and/or ancestrally and treating them with care and respect all contribute to the end result of great-tasting, nutritious, guilt-free, pure, and natural food.
Our pigs are comprised of two distinct rare breeds, Tamworth, the red/brown pig with pointed ears, and English Large Black, the solid black pig with large floppy ears which hide their eyes.
Much has been written about these pigs recently to generate interest and save them from extinction.
For our farm there are simple reasons why we have them. These breeds have been around for hundreds of years, their genetics go back thousands of years and both are suited to a free range life of pasturing, foraging and being fed outside. They sleep and farrow in simple shelters and on those hot sunny summer days, are free to make their own mud hole and bathe in it. Our heritage breeds are naturally raised the old fashioned way on pasture a barley-based diet. They are allowed to forage and root, fed organic apples and comfry in season, hay in winter as well as organic potatoes, squash and cooked peas. The mainstay of their diet is a granola type mix of barley, field peas, and organic alfalfa meal. We feed no corn or soya to our pigs as we are convinced that this is where pork production has gone wrong in producing unhealthy fats rather than healthy fats. This is especially true for healthy lard.
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