Our venture into the pork business began as a dream in Duane’s mind to have a farm of his own someday. That dream started materializing in 1974 when Duane, having finished his stint in the Army, purchased six sows and obtained permission to use an outbuilding on the farm where he worked to raise some piglets. Within a year the herd had grown to 20 sows.
In 1976, we got married and if that was not enough of an adjustment, we purchased our present farm site that included 150 acres and 150 sows. For nine years, we raised hogs and shipped them to packers in the Northwest. In the mid 80’s, packing plants within practical shipping distance from Montana began to shut down, so we decided we needed to either create our own market or find another means for making a living. The result was we built our own small packing plant and began our “Farm-to-Market Pork” operation through which we produce pork from conception to pork cuts ready for the consumer to prepare.
With trends in the 80’s heading toward lean, more healthful meats and then increasing concerns in the 90’s with regard to chemical and drug residues in food as well as foodborne illnesses, the timing was right to give consumers the opportunity to purchase pork products direct from a farm that has control over each step in the production process.
We produce lean pork through selective breeding, crossing Yorkshire, Duroc and Hampshire hogs to take advantage of the best traits in each breed. In addition, we feed our hogs a carefully balanced diet, a vital component in the production of lean, wholesome pork. This diet consists of locally grown barley enriched with soybean for high protein as well as essential vitamins and minerals. We also choose to use sound animal husbandry practices instead of depending on hormones or antibiotics to raise healthy animals, thus alleviating consumer concern over chemical and drug residues in our products.
We hope you will take the opportunity soon to come by our store or give us a call for more information or to place an order.
Duane and Janette Braaten
401 W Broadway, Missoula, MT
10am – 6pm Thur-Fri
10am – 3pm Sat
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