As with most food production, cheesemaking has a byproduct: whey. Instead of sending our whey to a landfill, we have a more sustainable waste-management system: our heritage-breed Berkshire pigs! We pump the whey leftover from our cheese makes into holding tanks, bring it to the pigs, and they gobble it up!
Whey provides a complete protein source for our pigs, as opposed to grains, which provide incomplete protein. Studies have shown that piglets fed a whey protein source had better tolerance and growth than piglets fed conventional grain and fishmeal protein sources.1 We use no growth hormones, antibiotics or steroids. All our pork products are free of nitrates and preservatives, even our smoked meats, including bacon and ham!
We think our whey-fed pork tastes superior and many agree with us. Whey-fed pork has become a staple in high-end restaurants, prized by chefs for its tenderness and creamy flavor. Try some today, and let us know what you think!
1. Cinq-Mars D, Belanger G, Lachance B, Brisson G. Performance of Early Weaned Piglets Fed Diets Containing Various Amounts of Whey Protein Concentrate. J Anim Sci. 1986, 63:145-50.