See how our Quality Standards go above and beyond.

Crate Free

The natural choice.

Coleman Natural Foods is one of the largest pork companies to source Crate Free hogs. What does Crate Free mean? Check out the illustrations below: they unpack the term and how it benefits animal health and welfare.

Gestation

This stage is 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days period when sows are pregnant. The Coleman Solution is our farmers give sows more space than what is typical on conventional farms that utilizes crates. In this lower-stress environment, the mothers can interact with others or find space apart.

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Our per-sow minimum space allotted is 42% more space than the average industry gestation crates, and overall community space is exponentially larger.

Farrowing

To protect newborn piglets, we use specially-designed pens that provide the mother with room to comfortably move about, while keeping the baby pigs safe and warm for the first few days of their life. They can nurse and are better protected when the mother lays down. After 72 hours, the mother is given access to the entire pen, where she can move about freely and interact with her piglets—who are nimble and able to get out of her way.

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Our pens provide the sow 114% more space than average industry farrowing crates.