Sows Migrating North


Two Sows in Pigs on Clover

Earlier this month we weaned the south sow herd and rotated 38 of them north to Spitz and Whitey’s domain for breeding. About a dozen were already bred by Spitzon and Tamboarine so they stopped off in the North Home Field where they will farrow. About ten stayed south to breed with the southern gentlemen.

These are painted ladies. The stripes on their back are from sorting.[1, 2] I paint pigs, every week, sometimes more often. Very artistic. X’s, O’s, \’s, \\’s, \\\’s. Keep, Pregnant, Consider, Drop, Move. On market day three strikes your Out, out to the lane and moving down to the loading pen for a trip in our truck. On herd rotation days the stripes simply mean moving to a new herd group as was the case for these ladies.

Outdoors: 61°F/43°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/61°F

Daily Spark: Paddock size is more about time and mass than space.

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5 Responses to Sows Migrating North

  1. skeptic7 says:

    How do you tell which sows are pregnant and which are not?

  2. John Wenzel says:

    How do you load you hogs into your truck/van safely both for you and the hogs? Most years we do well but occasionally we will get some uncooperative loadees. Any tricks or tactics you could share. What does your loading pen look like?

    • That is a post I have in the works – I need to get some more photos together for it. We use sorting boards, herding techniques, working dogs, treats and calls to move the pigs down from the mountain and loading. Basically we have a sorting pen where we collect pigs down from the mountain, then we move them to a holding pen that has a loading ramp with which our van docks. The van has a metal partition with a stainless steel pan that provides a safe and comfortable place for the pigs to lay on hay during their trip in the interior of the van with all the comforts of air conditioning, heat and NPR music. See the van in the article Ambulance Here.

      • John Wenzel says:

        Thanks I will look forward to that post and the pictures. My son and I have been brainstorming on ways to make it easier. Most years at least one will follow me up the small ramp for a hard boiled egg and the rest will usually follow. When we have an uncooperative hog it usually digs in and refuses at the ramp (even with sorting boards and treats) so that is were we are brainstorming and looking for good ideas.

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