Natural Pork


pasture hogsNatural pork products contain no artificial ingredients and are no more than minimally processed. Producers involved in raising natural pork have several marketing options. Some opt for direct marketing to consumers using the Internet or local advertising. Others market pork directly to local foodservice outlets, supermarkets or natural food stores.  July 2012 . . . Natural Pork


  •  Global Agricultural Trade System, Foreign Ag Service, USDA.
  • Hogs, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
  • Factors Affecting Pork Consumption, ERS, USDA, 2005 - Pork ranks third in annual U.S. meat consumption. This report analyzes existing and potential pork consumption trends using demographic data.
  • Pork: Marketing Alternatives, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), NCAT, 2004 - This publication offers producers alternative marketing approaches, such as direct or niche marketing, for their pork.



Businesses/Case Studies

  • Niman Ranch markets pork from Midwest family farmers. Pigs are raised on open pasture, given deeply bedded pens and fed natural ingredients. Pigs are not given any antibiotics or other artificial growth promotants.
  • Prairie Grove Farms, DeKalb, Illinois - These farms provide USDA-certified, 100 percent antibiotic-free pork. The animals are bred for quality and fed for health.
  • Swedish-Style Hog Production in Minnesota, Profitable Pork: Strategies for Hog Producers, SARE, NIFA, USDA.

Links checked October 2014.