Our Our Pigs & Pork
High Quality, Pastured Raised Pork
Grandview is just beginning to raise high quality, pastured pork as part of the orchard ecosystem. Pigs are actually native to forests so our orchard environment is right up their alley! There are both traditional Hampshire/Yorkshire crosses as well as Idaho Pasture Pigs as we experiment with which breeds are right for the operation. Our pigs begin rotating through the property in the spring and finish the fall season with consuming our cider pulp and windfall apples. Their main source of nutrition is from grazing, apples/cider pulp and some rooting, but they are also supplemented some mineral as well as locally grown, organic grain.
Our pigs are a source of fun for our visitors and many are surprised at how goofy they are, how fast they run and how tidy pastured pigs actually are! NOTE: Our pigs are not among the trees during harvest. They are fenced in around the periphery prior to and during harvest.
DID YOU KNOW?
Apple pests such as plum curculio lay their eggs in the apples, the apples fall to the ground and the larvae burrow into the soil to overwinter thus continuing the life cycle. It is vital for orchards who do not use harmful insecticides to pick up their windfall apples. This, along with cider pulp, becomes a waste product. Feeding this to our pigs helps break up pest cycles, keeps the fertility on the property and produces some tasty, healthy pork!
Grandview was started over 100 years ago and the original owner, a Swedish immigrant, raised apple finished pork recognizing that pigs recognizing the synergy.
Grandview brats, sausages and cuts of pork can be purchased in the Grandview store during the Spring nursery season, Fall apple season or at the Antigo Farmer’s market.
Visit Us & Learn More
If you’d like to learn more about our practices, we encourage you to attend the Sustainable Farm Tour, attend one of our orchard events, or inquire about a tour for either a group or an individual. Tours can be geared towards your interests whether it’s casual curiosity or you’re looking for more technical information. We are very interested in teaching, sharing information and talking with others who have similar interests or goals. Of course, our work and commitments need to come first and we do need to charge a minimal fee for tours, but we will do our best to accommodate!