Address: 2502 Elk St, Osceola IA 50213 / (641) 414-7317
About Us / Bansley's Berkshire Ridge History: Produces Animal Welfare Approved pork, available for purchase on-farm. Please call or email for availability.\n\nAfter years of working for a confinement hog operation, Sean Bansley and his wife Carol began raising Berkshire pigs “the right way” in 2009 at Bansley’s Berkshire Ridge. The Berkshire breed is known for its adaption to living on pasture and its high quality meat and the Bansley’s pastured pigs give birth and live outdoors on their 40 acres of pasture in great contrast to conventional hog operations. Carol and Sean choose to raise their animals in a high-welfare system because they believe that “you are what you eat—if you feed them well, they’ll be good food for us.”\n\nThe Bansleys were surprised to find that there was a certification that shared this dedication to raising animals the right way. The Animal Welfare Approved standards require practices that Carol and Sean were already employing and achieving the certification is a badge of honor recognizing them for the practices they believe to be essential. “If we had to do this in confinement, we’d stop now,” says Carol.\n\nRaising hogs in a high-welfare system isn’t always easy. A pastured operation is more susceptible to the weather and marketing their high-quality Berkshire pork is a new challenge for them. They have found that while some consumers aren’t ready to make the change to higher-welfare meat, many say it’s exactly what they’ve been looking for. Because the Bansley’s are originally from Illinois, they return to the state regularly and can deliver their pork not only to customers in Iowa, but to the Chicago area as well.\n\nCarol and Sean are grateful for the help of their son, Tyler, who works on the farm when he can.