Moving a Pig in Wire


Moving a Pig

This is a simple method of moving a pig. This gilt was getting close to farrowing, she had started to lactate, so we wanted to move her up to the bachelorette quarters in the south field sheds courtyard. If she were all by herself it would be an easy matter of just leading her with a treat. Since there were other pigs around we went with another easy method – bending a section of wire stock panel in a circle around her and then walking up the mountain to her new home. She followed right along. We learned this trick years ago from Archie who lent us a breeding boar back before we had our own.

Outdoors: 24°F/-11°F Mostly Cloudy, 1″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/60°F

Daily Spark: Consider this: Pork is the most widely consumed meat on the planet. On Okinawa, an island off the coast of Japan, inhabitants enjoy the world’s longest lifespan. Okinawans eat pork regularly and cook their food in lard. The French, among the top three longest-lived people of the world, are well known for their generous use of lard. A New York doctor told me that the lard is high in Vitamin D. Maybe there’s something to a traditional diet after all, along with plenty of exercise.

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9 Responses to Moving a Pig in Wire

  1. eggyknap says:

    (in response to your “daily spark”) A year or two ago we’d never tried real lard, and so asked a seller of pastured pork at a local farmers’ market if he had any fat we could buy. He did, though he hadn’t brought any with him that day. We soon found out why: when we asked his price, he responded, “I don’t really know — no one’s ever wanted to buy any before.” We worked out a price, and soon had a few quarts of home-rendered lard. We loved it. Suffice it to say I’d much rather have lard than genetically modified laboratory factory oil.

  2. Jeff Marchand says:

    Thats an absolutly brilliant way to move single pig out of a herd.

    Thanks for posting this Walter. You just solved a problem I am going to have this spring a few months early!

  3. Katharine says:

    I think actually goat meat is actually the most consumed, due to the high number of Musilims or Jewish followers in the world – ALL of whom don’t eat pork, luckily for me, as that leaves more great pork for my family.

    • Goat is what the NYTimes said but they’re wrong according to all to many sources:

      “Although cited in a New York Times article as “the most widely-consumed meat in the world,”[2] goat is actually a distant fourth globally behind pork, beef, and chicken.”[1]

      “[Pork] is one of the most-commonly consumed meats worldwide,[1] with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC. [2]

      See the citations at the end of the articles. The USDA international data also supports pork as being higher than goat by a long shot. My guess is the muslim population simply isn’t large enough to make up for China and the rest of the world that loves pork. Remember that there are a lot of Chinese and they are fond of pork. Add to that all of South America, North America, Europe and Australia which are almost completely non-muslim and pork eaters. Sounds like the news of goat being so popular traces back to an erroneous New York Times article.

      Here’s one blogger‘s research on this issue:

      “Seafood is the number one source of meat followed very closely by pork. Mutton [& goat combined] in fact comes out last among all common meats.”

      Lastly, when thinking meat, remember the Meat Site and MeatyModays. Put a steak on your plate and enjoy!

  4. Jen says:

    ha! our method is a little funnier – we feed produce from the local supermarket, so when we want to relocate a ladypig, we simply hold out a head of lettuce or a loaf of french bread, and they follow along like puppies with a bone.

    • That is how we usually do it. See this post. But in the case above we were moving her out of a large group of pigs. Had we held out a treat we would have had about 50 very interested pigs fighting over the treat. So instead we placed the treat on the ground, they all went to the treat and we encircled the lady pig we wanted so we could walk her up the mountain. She got her treat after she got to her new home where there weren’t 50 other pigs wanting to snatch it away.

  5. Julie says:

    This is the method we use as well. It is an excellent way to get a pig loaded in a trailer. We simply open the gate, entice them into the panels, and then walk them where we want.

  6. Ken in NH says:

    Now that looks viable… thanks.

    This is one of those things that begs the question: now why didn’t I think of that?!?!

  7. Casey Gray says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! After yesterday’s utter failure, my husband and I googled “how do people move pigs?” Your website was one of the answer choices. I should have known you would have an intelligent answer. I have already learned so much from your website. And today’s very simple, very easy move just proved how effective your advice really is.

    Please keep the wisdom coming, cuz those just behind you on this road GREATLY appreciate it!!!!!

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