It doesn’t take much to move pigs. The basic technique is to make a corridor about four feet wide or so, preferably headed down hill and to take your time. Poultry netting works great for making the walls of the corridor. Pallets work. Cars work. Culverts work. Boards work. Even something as simple as old broken milk crates in the photo above work fine.
Pigs Eye View of Pig Path
Here’s the view from pig eye level. Those crates that look so insignificant from our eye level five feet above the ground look almost like a solid wall from the low eye position of a grower pig. Yes, they could easily push through the crates but they don’t tend to. Rather they follow the open space as long as they are not rushed or in a panic. This is why taking your time is important.
Growers moved to the North Field
Giving the growers a day or two in a holding pen filled with the smells from where the finishers had been bedding gives the growers a chance to start smelling like their new herd mates before they are mixed in. During that time they also get to touch noses across the fence without being able to get into fights. Mixing groups can be a little tricky.
Goose and Kavi with North Herd
The new growers integrated into the north herd of finishers. Goose in the foreground watches over her charges as Kavi patrols on the hill.
No, it is not snowy here on Sugar Mountain this glorious May 28th. These photos are from back in the winter. It is amazing the change.
Outdoors: 75°F/50°F Sunny
Farm House: 70°F/57°F
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/59°F