THE TEAM

We are guided by a highly respected advisory board comprising of executives with a combined 80 years’ experience in Organic farming.

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Maropeng ‘Mokone’ Mashalane

Founder & CEO

“When we embarked on this pig farm adventure, I never thought I would be talking about growing pigs organically. But the Bakone farm has become a passion that requires us to take on management practices that we did not know were possible 2 years ago. And why not, since we started pig farming to ensure the quality of the meat that we share with our family and friends. The largest obstacle for us has been switching from commercial worm medications to organic dewormers.

There are many commercial swine dewormers available, as well as antibiotics and many more chemicals and sprays that we have found to be more of a money pit than a viable solution. Unfortunately, pigs must be dewormed. Our pigs are grown on the ground, where they play in the grass and dirt. The exact same spot that those nasty little micro-organisms like to play. We had to find a different way of treating this problem, in a manner that would not leave us asking, “When did we give that pig a shot?” All of the commercial swine products that I have found have a withdrawal period. This means that after you give your pig those medications, you must wait an appropriate amount of time to allow the poisons to leave the pigs system before you can safely consume the pork. Sounds delicious right?

There are, however, several alternatives that we have found to be effective at treating swine for worms. Diatamaceous Earth (D.E.) is a great natural remedy, not only for internal parasites, but for fleas, ticks, and flies as well. Do not buy this from your pool store, it must be food grade or you could do more harm than good to your hogs. Garlic is also known to be a great natural weapon to fight internal parasites. Garlic can be minced and put directly into the feed. Generally this will be an ongoing treatment not only to kill the parasites, but to keep them from wanting to come back.