One of the oldest known breeds, Hampshire hogs are known for their unique black and white coat, hardy nature and outstanding pork. Introduced to the U.S. in the early 1800’s from Hampshire, England, these premium hogs’ popularity was immediate. It’s said that butchers once traveled 3 or 4 days to get to Kentucky to buy these locally specialized premium hogs.
Today, American Homestead partners with the National Swine Registry to select and ensure superior genetics for our Hampshire breed sires. Our selection criteria are so strict that less than 1% of Hampshire sires qualify. The result is tender, fine-grained meat, with just the right amount of marbling and plenty of rich flavor.
American Homestead is committed to supporting the long-term sustainability of family farms. We partner with a network of independent, full-time family hog farms—second and third generation farmers who understand the importance of treating the animals and the land with respect.
Humane raising practices, local crop sourcing, water reclamation and composting are just a few of the measures these farmers take to protect their farms for future generations. Partnering with American Homestead makes it economically possible for the next generations to continue farming traditions.
The care and attention given our Hampshire hogs at our family farms is unmatched. They’re fed a corn and soybean-rich diet that’s 100% natural and vegetarian. Raised without ever using antibiotics or growth promotants, they’re allowed to mature and develop in a socially friendly, free-access environment, which promotes natural behavior and reduces stress. We never allow the use of gestation or farrowing crates and our hogs have ample space for mobility in this critical phase of their development.
American Homestead recently updated and improved our already stringent animal welfare program. This third-party verified animal welfare program with annual audits ensures our animals are raised and handled with the utmost care. The program tracks our hogs from birth to harvest, making sure the highest care-in-production standards are in place, employees are trained, facilities are maintained, and, most importantly, that our animals receive excellent care.
Alongside our unique breed selection process, this careful husbandry produces delicious, tender and healthy pork. We are uniquely able to trace every product back to its farm of origin, a rare feat in today’s factory farm and mass distribution food industry.
American Homestead’s growing, processing and fabrication facilities undergo regular, stringent, third-party audits for food safety, animal welfare and general manufacturing practices. Our processing facility is an approved BRC Global Standards facility, ensuring rigorous and detailed standards are not only met but exceeded and are regularly reviewed and improved upon by management with third-party oversight. Our product specifications are exacting and true, ensuring our customers receive exactly what they expect.
Located in Northwest Iowa, the thriving American Homestead farming community owes its success to respect, partnership and family.
We purchase local farmers’ Non-GMO Project Verified crops to feed our hogs and, in turn, many of our hogs help fertilize next season’s crops. Growing the crops, milling the feed and raising and harvesting the hogs all happen within a 10 to 15-mile radius. Even the smokehouse and packing houses are just down the road. It’s small scale, traditional farming that creates a small carbon footprint. And produces some amazing pork along the way.
In addition, our farms and facilities are consistently looking to improve their waste reduction and recycling programs, and we exceed national and state requirements for wastewater management.
At American Homestead, we believe helping build a thriving, sustainable community is the best measure of success. We’re proud to partner with organizations who share our passion for creating top quality products while supporting traditional family farming, humane animal husbandry and a healthy environment.
American Homestead is deeply involved with local Future Farmers of America and 4H programs, volunteering with various chapters and supporting programs, livestock shows, judging contests and mentoring students throughout the year.