Tag Archives: Pigs

Internet Downed by Pig Attack

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Phone Cable Splicing As you may well be aware, hackers have been interrupting the UK and USA internet a fair bit over the past month causing massive outages. Well, as I was out in the fields hauling newly delivered winter … Continue reading

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Hospice and Altruism

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Near Earth Experience Today Ben and I just moved a pig out of Hospice and back to the north field with the northern herd. Sometimes something goes wrong with a pig and it needs extra attention, thus the intensive care … Continue reading

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Moving Pigs

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Moving Sow & Piglets Someone asked about how to move pigs around the farm. I’ve written about this several times but they’re scattered in different articles so here’s a list of ways to move pigs:

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Chicory in Bloom

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Chicory Flower Chicory is a beautiful flower. It grows wild around here and I planted a lot more in my pastures which has reseeded nicely over the years. It comes in many colors and has a very long blooming season … Continue reading

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Automatic Hoof Trimmer

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Pigs Using Automatic Hoof Trimmer Well, actually I would call it an automatic nail trimmer instead of hoof trimmer but the idea is the same. I don’t want to be trimming 32,000 pig nails a year. It is just not … Continue reading

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Whey Trough Divider in Winter

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Whey Trough Divided On some of our whey troughs we have dividers that allow the same trough to serve multiple groups. This makes feeding the pigs easier as we can fill a single 300 gallon whey trough to serve two … Continue reading

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Healed Broken Back

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Broken Back Healed Up On rare occasions as I disassemble a pig I’ll find signs of injuries like the broken backbone in the photo above. This pig was probably stepped on as a piglet when it’s bones were fairly soft … Continue reading

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Field Nest

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Rooted Nest Our pigs root very little out in the pastures. When they root primarily they do something like this to build a nest. The rooting shown here is only about an inch or two deep. That’s pretty typical. Their … Continue reading

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Spring Pastures

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Sow on Spring Pasture This sow is grazing in the lower south field just below an aspen grove. The pigs mow the grass, clovers and other forages to a almost lawn like consistency. They do very little rooting. The rooting … Continue reading

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Designer Pigs

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Open Scapula Bone There is a certain advantage to being both the farmer, the herd geneticist and the butcher on our farm because I get to intimately know our pigs inside and out. For 13 years I’ve been doing intensive … Continue reading

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