Family-owned Pig Farm in Waynesboro Embraces Sustainable Pork Production
Farmer Clay Trainum whistled at a group of young boars from a distance, urging them to greet him on a recent afternoon at Autumn Olive Farms on the outskirts of Waynesboro.
“Come on, boys,” he encouraged from the other side of the fence before giving a sharp whistle. The breed of medium-sized black boars is a cross between Berkshire and Ossabaw Island hogs, with plump bodies and dark bristly fur. “We selected them based on their confirmation,” Trainum said. “We know that their father has given us thousands of piglets and two different boars.”
The pigs live happily out on the farm. They play in the mud, run around the large field they’re sectioned off in, and enjoy the nutritious food given to them daily. Eventually, they will be sold to fine dining restaurants and artisan butcher houses throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.
Autumn Olive Farms, family-owned by Linda and Clay Tranium since 2005, is trying to bring a more ethical and sustainable way to raise and breed pigs. For years, the farm has strategically worked on pigs’ genetics, environment, and diet management to ensure the animals’ healthy quality of life. Continue reading HERE.