The Pigs at Mt Mercer Pork are a Large White, Landrace and Duroc cross and are bred for the outdoors.
They have the opportunity to express natural behaviour and interact with each other. The breeding stock are free to roam, forage, wallow and feed in an ideal cool temperate climate suitable for raising pigs in the open.
Our pigs have a high health status maintained by strict bio security throughout the property.
We have strict company procedures to help maintain our high healthy status where all staff, trucks and their drivers and visitors who have been in contact with other farms, processor or abattoirs, are not allowed on our farms for at least 48 hours following the visit. Certain parts of the property are identified quarantine areas.
This environment protects the young from predators such as foxes and eagles and the harsh elements of our Australian climate.
They have an abundance of water and feed available at all times.
Our pigs grow in a healthy environment that is as stress free as possible.
They are fed a balanced and nutritious diet.
There are no added hormones or growth promotants.
They have a very high health status.
At Mt Mercer Pork our farming philosophy is one of ethical and sustainable long term farming practices.
The Paddock Life cycle at Mt Mercer is a long term commitment to both environmental and pig health.
The regular rotation of the pigs to new paddocks, prevents the build up of nutrients which can potentially compromise the water table.
To care for the health of the soil, the animals and the environment, Mt Mercer Pork manages a eight year rotation of pigs, crops including Lucerne, Canola, Cereal crops and pasture.
Pre farrowing and farrowing paddocks are the domain of the pigs while the cereal crops are also a significant part of the pig's diet.
After the piglets are weaned, they are placed in straw based huts where they can move around and interact with each other.
The waste from these huts is cleaned out and left to compost. It is then spread out onto other paddocks throughout the properties assisting the improvement of soil health and texture.
All people working at Mt Mercer are committed and responsible for the animal's wellbeing. They are involved in continual education and are completing certificate 3 in pork production.