Maren Stene’s family has lived off the land for several generations, and the settlement dates back several centuries. Once she and her husband Per Einar, who is a sausage maker, took over, the approach got itself an upgrade. Their complementary abilities and shared love of great taste and quality combined with a strong focus on animal welfare turned the farm a blossoming business. The animals at Stene Farm – pigs, cows and calves – spend eight to ten months of the year in the large fields surrounding the farm. “The animals move pastures several times a year, and as such it’s important to build a relationship with them; when they trust us, handling them gets easier,” Stene explains.