A Visit to Frolona Farm
The PeachDish team recently had the opportunity to take a field trip to nearby Frolona Farm in west central Georgia. Frolona Farm has been in the same family since 1828, and their continued care for the farm's land and animals is evident. Specializing in grass-fed beef and pastured pork, the Davis family is committed to stewardship towards their land.
Christina and Josh Davis showed us the ropes on how they raise such quality livestock. They own three different breeds of pigs- Large Black, Tamworth and Berkshire. New to the world of pigs? Here are some fast facts we picked up while visiting the farm:
- A gilt is a female pig less than 6 months old. It is also known as a female pig that has not yet been bred. Once bred, it becomes a sow. If a gilt is not bred, it is usually used for meat production.
- A barrow is a young male pig that has been castrated. Its meat is better quality than that of a boar (not castrated), so barrows are raised mostly for meat production.
- A sire is the male pig kept for breeding.
- The gestation period for pigs is 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days
The Frolona pigs live in a paddock in the woods with acres of pasture where they are free to roam. Their foraging diets are supplemented with an all-natural, non-GMO feed. The farm's heritage breeds of pig forage more so than the conventional pigs, and this diet contributes toward even healthier meat.
The Davis family also raises cows on their pastures. These cows are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished (they are never given corn). A grass-fed diet leads to a higher percentage of Omega-3 fatty acids in the beef as well as a more flavorful product. Frolona Farm utilizes a "rotational grazing technique" that results in better soil and grass care.