Tag Archives: Housing

Wild Farrowing

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Private Room with a View This gilt sow wanted a private room. She was willing to go to extremes to get it. Three times she broke out of the south Ark gestating paddock in search of a place of her … Continue reading

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Sunflower Ark

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South Field Ark Surrounded by Sunflowers Our open greenhouse in the south field plateau is currently surrounded by a sea of gold and green – sunflowers growing in the winter paddock. During the winter many of the pigs sleep in … Continue reading

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South Field Greenhouse Ark

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South Field Greenhouse Ark The Ark is a much emptier place now in the summer. It’s a temperate, shaded space of about 38’x96′ with the lovely deep bedding pack of wood chips but I only occasionally find pigs in it. … Continue reading

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First South Field Greenhouse Piglets

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First Piglets Born in South Field Greenhouse This is one of our Blackieline sows with her third litter which is the first litter to be born in the south field greenhouse, christening it for farrowing.

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Winter Paddocks

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Winter Garden Paddock During the warm months from spring through late fall our pigs graze out on our pastures across the mountain side. We have about 70 acres of pasture which we use in a grand rotation of about 40 … Continue reading

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Field Bed and Natural Terracing

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Pigs in South Field Copse The pigs in the south field herd have a large nesting area on the sunny side of a copse of trees in the upper paddock which they’re using as a winter paddock this year. Behind … Continue reading

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Pure Wood Chip Composting

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Wood Chip Compost Heating Up While we were working on putting up ribs on the greenhouse in the south field I noticed a black hole. Then another. And another…

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Deep Pack Bedding Temperature

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A Balmy 79°F For winter paddocks we build deep bedding packs of wood chips† and hay. In the picture above a grower pig is checking my checking of the long probe checking the temperature of the bedding pack where she … Continue reading

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Winter Piglets

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Winter Piglets with Pretty Girl Sow These are not all her piglets and some of her piglets are on other sows. Rather some of the 23 piglets belonging to three sows in the lower garden which is one of our … Continue reading

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Les Bulldozer

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Les and his D5M Bulldozer This is Les with his D5M Caterpillar Bulldozer. He just got done preparing the site for our greenhouse in the south field. It used to slope 6′ east to west across the area I wanted … Continue reading

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