Pigs on Fall Pastures – Click for the Big Picture
It was one of those crystal clear blue sky days, the grass is greeen, the pigs are, well, of many colored coats and so are the hills. I hollered, Peeeeeiiiig, Piiig, Piiig! and they came a-running.
The pigs in this group range from month old piglets to a six year old sow Mouse who weighs about 700 lbs. The chickens, standard heritage birds, and the fence posts give a sense of size.
This is up in the south field section five paddock near the upper pond. The grass there gives a sense of what pigs are like on mature pasture. In newer brushier pastures they root much more, digging up the shrubs to get at grubs and tubers. Once the pasture is predominantly grass, clover and other similar plants the pigs switch to a grazing style more like sheep and cattle. To encourage rooting – rotate them more slowly, ideally on wetter soils. To encourage grazing rotate the pigs more quickly.
So how many pigs can you count? How many chickens can you count? Do you see any other animal species? Click on the image and zoom in even further to get the Big Picture. Leave answers in comments.
Outdoors: 57°F/36°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/65°F
One can never have enough shoes… -Imelda Marcos
One can never have enough land… -W. Jeffries