Pastured Pork: Economics of Intensive Grazing in the Western United States

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2003: $6,550.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
John Currey
CR Pigs


  • Animals: swine


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing management, grazing - rotational, manure management, rangeland/pasture management
  • Crop Production: irrigation

    Proposal summary:

    This project will test the viability of producing pork on pastures, bucking a national trend toward corporate pork production. John Currey, co-owner of family-owned CR Pigs, says the project team will test stocking rates and supplemental feed consumption of pigs grown on rotated pastures at different stages of growth. This will provide key pasture production data for irrigation cycles, grazing cycles, feed values and manure decomposition at different times of the year. The resulting data will provide the groundwork to establish stocking rates and intensive grazing rotations throughout the Western region. Properly managed, the pastured pork operation will be profitable and, at the same time, reduce the threat of off-farm impacts on surface waters and the odors typically associated with large commercial hog farms.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.