Ben with New Invention
Each week we herd, sort and load pigs. Some get moved from one field to another such as gestating sows. Others are headed to market. We often use a bit of bread to make trails and reward pigs for coming in from the far pastures to our voice calls. Bread is a tasty highly appetitive treat since the pigs don’t get any commercial feed. This makes the bread an excellent training tool. The problem is carrying a bucket of bread while simultaniously using our sorting boards.
Ben came up with an innovative solution of a four gallon pail made into a backpack with a access hole in the bottom that lets him reach back and grab a bit of bread to toss to the pigs as we move them about. The upslope where your hand reaches in keeps the bread from falling out of the side hole.
Hope Demoing Bread Pack
These pictures were taken on the south mid-level plateau in the sorting junction. You might note the complexity of gates and hard fencing there. This is an area with many paths that lead to different places up the mountain. By swinging the gates in various patterns we can setup alley ways that will let us easily route pigs to and from any pasture. There are also temporary holding paddocks to aid in sorting and examining pigs as they pass through.
Outdoors: 66°F/43°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 63°F/59°F
Daily Spark: There are many paths up the mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same. —Japanese Proverb