Blythburgh Free Range Pork

Blythburgh pork is absolutely, totally free range pork

The Life of a Blythburgh Pig

Research shows that very few people understand how much free range pig farming differs from the more conventional pig farming systems commonly used today. Confusion has understandably been caused due to the diverse range of British pig farming systems all vying for consumers' attention. It is safe to say that most talk about improving animal welfare and whilst such improvements are commendable just improving something is not often enough. In many cases the word 'outdoors' is used to give consumers the perception of a free range life when in truth it is still very intensive and there are also plenty of examples of farm names or brands being used on pork just to make it sound special. At Blythburgh it's simple, our pigs are truly free range, it's our mission to give our pigs a life worth living and we think that's worth shouting about!

A Blythburgh pig is born in a straw filled farrowing hut located on the sandy earth of the Suffolk heritage coast. Its mother has a free range life style with the choice of being outside if it sunbathing weather or staying inside if it's raining. Really being free range is as simple as that really, it's giving the pig the freedom to choose to go outside or not.

Pigs are such inquisitive animals, it is instinctive for them to dig and root in the soil, which means a Blythburgh pig will nearly always have a trademark muddy nose. This continuous activity and investigation not only leads to great muscle development but results in a slower more natural growth rate for the pig.

Intensively reared pigs are typically sent to slaughter at 18 to 19 weeks old, but Blythburgh pigs remain on the farm until they are 25 to 26 weeks old. This extra time allows a flavour and succulence to develop within the meat that is not found in today's intensively reared pork.