The American family farmers we work with throughout the Midwest are proud to raise their animals humanely which means 100% crate free and no antibiotics or added hormones, ever. It’s more than a job. It’s a promise.
Brandt Swine Farms was founded in 1901 in Versailles, Ohio. Today the farm is transitioning to the 5th generation of ownership. Tim Brandt started working with Coleman Natural Foods (which distributes the Prairie Grove Farms brand) in 2013 and his son Joe has joined him in the business. Upon partnering with Coleman Natural Foods, the Brandt operation switched over to a 100% crate free system in both gestation and farrowing, eliminated the use of antibiotics and transitioned to a vegetarian fed diet for their hogs. “I wanted to really start thinking about preparing the farm for the future, for future generations and overall sustainability of the business.” said Tim Brandt. “I wanted to build a relationship with a company that was already doing the things I wanted to transition to. By joining Coleman Natural Foods, I felt confident we would be prepared for a sustainable future.” They currently run a 1,300 acre farm that includes a feed mill and a farrow to finish hog operation that sends 30,000 hogs to market each year.
“What we do takes a lot of animal husbandry, or care for the animals. We keep an eye on them, we know them and it results in happier pigs and overall better meat. It’s certainly not the easy way, but it’s important not only to my family, but to today’s consumer.”
Reckamp Farms is a family-owned and operated hog farm in Wright City, MO, run by Dave and Marylin Reckamp, a true husband-and-wife team looking after about 2,000 hogs. The family farm originated in 1953 as a cattle, hog and crop farm. It includes 185 acres, 40 of which are dedicated to produce, including pumpkins. On the Reckamps’ farrow-to-finish farm, hogs are raised 100% crate free and without the use of growth promotants or antibiotics. Sick animals are treated and removed from the program, then sold to commodity markets — never to Coleman Natural Foods (which distributes the Prairie Grove Farms brand). For several generations, the Reckamps farmed crate free; a partnership with Coleman Natural Foods seemed like a perfect fit. “Coleman and the Prairie Grove brand has the same philosophy we do,” said Dave Reckamp. “They care about how animals are treated and understand that you get better quality pork when hogs are raised naturally.” Not only do Dave and Marylin partner with Coleman Natural Foods, they also provide their local community with a variety of in-season products.
“They’re just happy pigs. Happy pigs mean better tasting pork for the consumer.”
The Roth family raises about 6,000 pigs a year on a 3,000-acre farm. Two generations of family members now work on the farm, each person lending a unique set of experiences. The Roth family’s commitment to animal welfare includes running a 100% crate-free farm in both gestation and farrowing stages, feeding pigs an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products, and never using growth promotants or antibiotics. Farrowing pens on the Roth Farm offer animals space for free movement. Pens measure 9 feet by 6 feet, giving the animal inside 54 square feet of room – over 50% more room than in traditional farrowing crates.
“Keeping the pigs comfortable… allowing sunshine and exercise and happiness… is a big part of economic success, as well as just doing the right thing.”