Glen Oaks farm is nestled in the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley and is a truly pasture reared pig farm. The young female pigs (Gilts) are crossbreeds of the Large White and Landrace pig. They are crossbred with the resident Duroc boar on the farm.
Every animal should know the love of their mother. Charlie and Julie Crowther from Glen Oakes are farmers that make this possible. Glen Oakes’ sows and piglets can nuzzle one another, go for walks on pasture together and socialise with one another. Charlie says that the mother changes her voice when the piglets walk past her face and studies have shown that mothers’ even sing to their piglets.
Since there are no sow (mother pig) or farrowing (weaning period) crates, the sows are able to express their mothering instincts, by being provided with the space that they require to show love to their piglets. The little pigs get to keep their tails, teeth and testicles too.
The majority of sows in South Africa never get to nuzzle and care for their piglets. They can’t even push their snouts through the sow or farrowing crate railings to sniff their piglets.
Glen Oakes supplies a few select chefs and charcuterie producers, to find out where to purchase Glen Oakes produce you can email firstname.lastname@example.org