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At Bear and the Flower Farm we work with a certified swine nutritionist. Our nutritionist has helped us to develop feed rations that allow us to finish our Bear and the Flower Farm free range pork in a timely manner, all while keeping this process a natural plant based formulation. We take our animals feed seriously and want them to have the best! Our Feed is GMO-free, antibiotic-free , hormone free and animal by-product free. We work with Nutrition Partners out of Airdrie where they source our ingredients 100% from Alberta to create our proprietary feed blend, so that Bear and the Flower Farm raised pork is a consistent, high quality product!
Our feed contains:
Our feed is pelletized and we do this for the following reasons:
Feeding pigs a pelleted diet improves feed efficiency and growth with 4%-8% compared to a mash diet. A pellet gives enhanced palatability, less feed waste and improved nutrient utilization resulting in a more economical and environmental friendly production.
Our formulas are adjusted for different weather conditions to ensure the pigs get the right amount of nutrients they need both in the summer and winter. Pigs eat less in the summer due to heat and more in the winter due to the cold. Our nutritionist is able to adjust the formula to ensure an optimal feed conversion year round.
Patented feed additives
To ensure optimal health and performance we use a couple patented natural feed additives.
A probiotic, which is a combination of naturally-occurring bacteria strains that work to stabilize the intestinal microflora. These beneficial bacteria compete with the bad bacteria in the gut to improve the overall health of the animal.
We also include a very specific soluble fiber of plant origin which acts as a prebiotic. This prebiotic favours the beneficial bacteria in the gut which helps to improve the overall health of the pigs.
Added organic acids (formic acid, acetic acid and propionic acid) work as antimicrobials and create an unfavourable condition for harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli.
Combining these organic acids with phytochemicals improves the efficacy of the organic acids. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant chemicals which act as anti-oxidants, antimicrobials and balance the microflora in the digestive tract which stimulates digestibility and promotes growth. Cinnamaldehyde, an organic compound in cinnamon is one of them.
To enhance the above products another patented product is included which weakens the outer membrane of the bacteria to make the antimicrobials more effective.
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