Pastured Pigs!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

All new for 2016…Pastured Pigs!

These little guys just arrived at the farm a few days ago. They are heritage breed Tamworth crosses, and we will be raising them on an unused section of land just across the road.

New pigs on pasture

New pigs on pasture

Electric polywire netting keeps them where they’re supposed to be. We will be moving them regularly to new pasture throughout the summer once the grass is more mature. For now, they are enjoying some recently cleared scrub land.

Portable Pig Feeder

Portable Pig Feeder

A 55-gallon feeder on skids will follow them around the pasture, providing free-choice access to locally produced grains. Clean water is always available via gravity-fed water nipples mounted on the feeder.

Straw Bale Shelter

Straw Bale Shelter

Straw bales provide an adequate shelter for now, but the pigs generally prefer to be outside. The grassland in the background of this picture is where they’ll be until they reach market weight in the fall.

The pigs are very entertaining to watch and we are looking forward to some great pork!

It’s a good day to be a farmer.

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