Back in 2006, Gary and Shelly Farris decided to develop a grazing pig that was friendly, good-natured with superior meat quality and great mothering instinct. In 2012, the Idaho Pasture Pig (IPP) was introduced to the public and it has since started to gain momentum both nationally and internationally, with a reputation for being the “perfect pasture pig” for small homesteads.
We have raised other breeds of pigs in the past such as Duroc, Kune Kune (how Thor came along) and Saddleback but after raising IPPs we will never raise another breed because they have wonderful temperaments, root less than larger breeds and grow faster than KuneKune. The meat is red and beautifully marbled and there is a definite taste difference (for the better)!
What We Feed
Our pigs are on pasture all the time and are fed a 15% protein feed once a day and there's always hay available. Through the gardening season, they have access to several "pig gardens" and in the winter, they get alfalfa pellets and shredded beet pulp.
Rotating & Housing
We like rotational pens that are 128ft x 128ft on pasture and are currently working on a 1/2 mile stretch of new pens. Our animals are in these pens unless they are in quarantine or the farrowing pens (smaller pens to keep a closer eye on mom and piglets).