Kassie O’Brien and her husband Kent, who is a 4th generation farmer, and their two daughters Klair and Karla, started 4K Farms in 2013. Their farm is located in Southern Alberta near the small town of Swalwell.
They started their farm with goats, alpaca and chickens. Wanting healthier lifestyle options for their family they purchased a sow Ezmerelda, then a boar Zuckerman and their pig adventure started!
4K Farms is presenting Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11AM on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage BMO Marketplace, Hall A.
Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about 4K Farms
Kassie O’Brien: 4K Farms heritage pigs are BC SPCA Certified and are raised without the use of antibiotics.
With over 60 humanely raised breeders 4k farms sustains a complete farrow to finish farm! 4K sows are bred ONLY once or twice a year, Moms have months in between births to allow some relaxing time.
All the pigs at 4k are given clean paddocks with trees for shade and wallowing holes, we rotate paddocks frequently to prevent boredom and allow rejuvenation of the land.
We give our pigs enrichment items that change all the time, tires, frozen treats, balls, forage and scattered treats to dig up and sniff out! 4K pigs are fed a diet of wheat, peas, barley and fodder.
Fodder is grown year round so the pigs are fed grass in the winter months.
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