South Field Section One Clover
Time to change paddocks again. The pigs had eaten down section two of the south field so today I moved them down along the road to section one where the clover is tall and lush. They were very enthusiastic. Clover is one of their (many) favorite forages. One of the way to tell what they really like and what they don’t appreciate is to look at what is left over in a paddock as they graze vs what appears only in the margins between fence lines. The latter are favorites that are inaccessible. Examples are clover, thistles, burdock, jewel weed, etc. On the other hand, they tend to leave bitter cherry alone, only nibbling at it a little.
Pigs in Clover
That is no small sow – although looking at this photo I see she’s a little nursed down. Time to wean her. To give you an idea of how big she is, the grasses are up to my shoulders. She looks small in this photo but her back is about even with my waist. Further back you can see Speckles, one of our younger boars who is now about a year old. Beyond him are pigs up in section two that are looking on with jealous eyes at the pigs in the new clover. Moments later they figured out to come around to the lane and down to section one. Notice the height of the fence post (~36″) uphill of Speckles near the sow looking at me relative to the pigs and grasses.
We do managed intensive rotational grazing with our pigs and sheep. The chickens, ducks and geese just free range where ever. When moving the bigger animals from paddock to paddock the simplest thing is to just open the new paddock like I did today. They enthusiastically move in to get the new forage. Then I close off access to the old paddock once it is empty. Occasionally someone will get back in the previous grazing area – not a big deal. By setting the gates slightly open outward they’ll come out and join the others soon enough.
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