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At his farm, pigs have the run of the place

by 5m Editor
9 May 2006, at 12:00am

US - The piglets wake up squealing and race after their mother. It's time to eat. Mom, though, has a refreshing mud bath in mind, and, with the piglets trailing her, she not-so-daintily plops in.

This is life for pigs. The way things are supposed to be. The way things used to be.

At Jack Keane's farm, pigs are raised outdoors, in their natural setting, unlike the massive indoor commercial operations he used to work for. Keane, a former general manager for the Murphy-Brown pig farm in Waverly in Sussex County, raises the free-range pigs just outside Windsor in Isle of Wight County.

"When they're out here, they can do the things pigs like to do," he said. "They wallow in the mud when it's hot. When they're kept indoors, there's nowhere they can run or play or have fun."

Keane's not raising hogs for Smithfield Foods just a few miles away. Instead, his pigs are sold to a Pennsylvania company, which will market them as natural.

Source: Daily Press

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