For over a century, Jennings Outlaw’s family has farmed at Jennings Outlaw Farm in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Jennings grew up on the farm and remembers the tobacco, crops, hogs, and cattle managed there during his childhood. Today, the 200-acre farm, which is evenly divided between farmland and woodland, is used to produce a variety of crops such as corn, beans, wheat, rye, cucumbers, and fresh market grapes from the farm’s ten-acre vineyard. With the help of his son, Daniel, Jennings also manages a herd of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW pigs outdoors on pasture.
Jennings manages approximately 50 sows and their offspring. The pigs are a variety of breeds, including Hampshire, Berkshire, Yorkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Landrace, and Spotted Poland China. “We are trying to choose breeds that do well in our climate and environment, and I look for certain qualities in the different breeds,” Jennings explains. “In the sows, I look for good maternal qualities, and the Yorkshire and Chester Whites make good mothers. I also look for good meat quality, which can be found in the Duroc, Hampshire, and Berkshire. Overall, I want to raise pigs that make the best mothers because then I can raise better pigs that produce high-quality meat.”
The pigs at Jennings Outlaw Farm have constant access to ranging and foraging areas, and are frequently moved to fresh ground to prevent the build-up of potential disease and parasite. “The hogs are happier outdoors,” says Jennings. “They get good exercise and they get many different kinds of nutrients by being pasture-based. If they were raised on concrete, you have to feed them those nutrients, but the pigs here get them naturally.” Research shows this type of outdoor management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as producing delicious pork! “It’s all about how you take care of them. I want pigs that will do well and be happy in the environment they’re in so that they grow well,” he adds.
Jennings pursued AGW certification because of the growing consumer demand for Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW products in his area. “Where we are selling, people are asking for the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW logo. We are growing the best pigs, and we take care of them. Our AGW certification proves to the consumer we’re doing those things.” Jennings is also a member of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association, a cooperative of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW hog producers who sell to restaurants, retailers, and food processors throughout the region.
For more information about Jennings Outlaw Farm, contact Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (919) 922-9880.