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Why Do People Finish Hogs on Acorns? - Acorn Bluff Farms

Why Do People Finish Hogs on Acorns?

The last month of our pigs’ lives, we top off their meals with acorns. This ancient practice stems from the days of the noble Black Iberico Pig, which live in the Oak forests of southwest Spain and Eastern Portugal. Iberico pigs finish their last 60 days of livelihood feasting on pastures featuring oak trees, and their abundant mast, acorns. Pigs gain up to 2 lbs of fat a day on acorns in the wild, and can eat 20 lbs of acorns a day! While we supplement with acorns, rather than finish our pigs on them, the taste difference should be...

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Why is Mangalitsa, the World's Best-Tasting Pork, More Expensive? - Acorn Bluff Farms

Why is Mangalitsa, the World's Best-Tasting Pork, More Expensive?

Mangalitsa Pork typically trades at a 10x-20x market premium over the pork you buy in regular grocery stores. A lot of that is due to its superior taste and marbling. We know Mangalitsa pork tastes better and why-but why is it so expensive? And is it worth it?   In short: Yes, it’s worth it!   Most Mangalitsa pigs are raised in different conditions than typical factory-farmed hogs are. The pigs are raised either of out of doors, or in areas where they are free to roam. While this leads to greater Hog Happiness, it leads to higher producdtion costs...

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Why Does Modern Grocery Store Pork Taste So Bad? - Acorn Bluff Farms

Why Does Modern Grocery Store Pork Taste So Bad?

Why does modern pork taste bland and dry? It has to do with the famous “The Other White Meat” campaign. Is there another option out there? Certainly! Our naturally-raised, Iowa Mangalitsa pork provides great tasting flavor with deep marbling.

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Sustainable Farming in Iowa

While sometimes sustainable farming means organic farming, there are many ways of farming sustainably. Sustainability means doing something that doesn’t cause long term harm to the environment, and allows for long term replication of that action. Ways that we and our family use sustainable practices without hurting ourselves economically:1)We practice no-till farming where applicable. This allows for better organic content reduction and improves soil health, while also preventing harmful runoffs and erosion. 2) We source food for our animals locally, and sell locally. Unsustainable infrastructure development is a contributor to the long term harm of our country, and farming and...

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