We work hard to form a close bond with all of our animals. This entails frequent contact with each animal, gentle handling, and minimizing stress in their environment.
Pigs are our passion at Fallen Aspen. All of our pigs are given a daily ration of non-GMO feed and are moved frequently to new pastures. We keep their grain intake at a minimum because we strongly believe that the best tasting and healthiest pork comes from a more natural diet including vegetation, forage, nuts etc... They are also supplemented with pumpkins and apples when in season along with spent brewers grains from a local brewery.
Our piglets are farrowed on pasture and left with their mother until the sows decide to wean the piglets. We believe this creates a healthier pig and also minimizes stress for the sows and piglets.
We have taken heritage breeds, mixed our own and are still working towards our perfect hybrid for our farm. Our breeds include Idaho Pastured Pigs, Mulefoot, Large Black Hogs, Gloucestershire Old Spot and Ossabaw Island Hogs.
Our chickens are fed a non-GMO diet and moved on pasture daily. They get free choice of grain, along with all the greens and bugs that they can catch. Their diet produces a superior flavor and juicy meat.
We raise Icelandic sheep which are triple purpose sheep (meat, wool and dairy). The reason that we chose this breed is because of its hardiness and the mild flavor of the meat due to the low amount of lanolin. We were also really intrigued by the variation of color and quality of its wool.
Our newest animal addition to the farm. Our four belted galloway cows. A very hardy breed originally from Scotland with the ability to turn grass into marbled beef without the addition of grain. A very hardy and docile breed..
We have a small herd of dairy goats that we use for invasive plant management on the farm as well as on the surrounding Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Plain Grove Fens Natural Area.