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South Field Winter Paddock

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Pigs on South Field Plateau The south field has a plateau we carved which during the summers is a one acre garden for growing pumpkins, beets and other good fall food for the pigs. During the cold season this area … Continue reading

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Winter Wood Chips

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Winter Wood Chip Delivery Wood chips make a good foundation for deep bedding pack. We put them down in layers, continuing to add more over the winter. This creates a composting pile of organic materials that soaks up fluids and … Continue reading

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Sleeping Sows South Plateau

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Sleeping Sows on Hay We’ve been having some lovely weather. It’s just in the right range of not too bitter but still sunny. When it gets ultra clear in the winter we can get some very cold nights. Good for … Continue reading

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South Field Plateau Pig Panorama

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South Field Plateau Pigs Pigs and Chickens on the south field plateau looking north towards Sugar Mountain. Off in the distance to the right is Knox Mountain which lies beyond the borders of Sugar Mountain Farm.

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Wood Chips Arriving

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Truck Load of Wood Chips Arriving Large wood chips make a good bedding base. We like to build deep bedding packs for our winter paddock spaces. Over the winter these compost and heat up warming the pigs’s bellies.

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Winter Pig Housing

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Forming of Butcher Shop Administration Ceilings Patrick asked in comments: Any advice on younger pigs over the colder months? (USDA Zone 7) Feeders and breeders do well over the winter however I recommend not trying to farrow in the worst … Continue reading

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Field Creep Housing

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Animal House – Tank Bottom It is handy to have easily moveable houses out in the fields for small animals. We have made a number of sow huts (not so easily moved) and piglet huts out of old broken water … Continue reading

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Piglet Hut

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Piglets in Hut I had mentioned piglet huts the other day. These provide a bit of shade and protection for the wee ones when they want it. Generally we leave the end of the hut open and placed on slightly … Continue reading

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Piglet Huts

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Sows, Piglets & Hut Out in the brushier fields the pigs don’t need any shelters, instead preferring to use the shade of the regen and trees. In the more open fields, especially where piglets are concerned, we have huts that … Continue reading

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Wood Chip Delivery

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Wood Chip Delivery This is a delivery of 12 tons of whole tree wood chips, predominantly spruce and pine. Wood chips make a good base for bed packs and help to extend the hay as we head into the wet … Continue reading

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