Winter South Field Pig Line

Pigs Walking

This is a view looking west up the ridge of the mountain across the south field. In the foreground is the terrace with pigs where we grew pumpkins, turnips, mangles, beets and cole crops this summer. Further up the mountain, beyond the stone wall, you can see the newly cleared fields. Clicking on the image will zoom in for more detail.

When clearing the new fields, which had been fields 70 years or so ago, we left some trees that will provide shade and food for the pigs. Beech, butternut, apple and such all produce both shade and food. Oaks would be nice but we have none.

In the foreground you can see some regen, new growth, that sprang up from stumps years ago. That was from a previous clearing when we originally opened up the south and north fields. The regen provides shelter for the pigs on hot summer days. The disadvantage is less grass and clover grow in those areas. It is a balance – good to have both. The trees and brush also help to provide protection against the cold winter winds by creating a bit of a microclimate.

To the right of the photo you can see round bales of hay. These are in a line across the wind, also providing a wind break. Given their druthers, the pigs tend to prefer to sleep out in the open under the sky in the lee of the wind breaks rather than in the three sided sheds. Good to have options. Interesting to observe their choices. Lots of hay to snuggle into in both cases is good.

Outdoors: 23째F/7째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66째F/59째F

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6 Responses to Winter South Field Pig Line

  1. If the millions of confinement hogs in this world were to see this awesome pic of the heaven your pigs live in..there would be a revolution.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Walter !

  2. Sally says:

    I'm in south central Virginia where, right now, we have the most snow we've had in at least 5 years. I'm amused by my pigs' delight in the soft stuff to dig through. While it was snowing they stayed buried in the straw in their house, but once it stopped …. Every animal should have this much fun at sometime in its life.

    Thank you for your building pictures, Walter. I'm intrigued, doing research, driving husband crazy with "what if we ….." .

  3. Sally, I heard on the news that you all down there got dumped on. As we were working outdoors yesterday putting roofing on my wife Holly was saying how glad she was to hear that storm avoided us. I hope you're enjoying the white Christmas!

  4. anna says:

    I love these sorts of photos of your farm. There are so many little details that you teach through such a simple pastoral image.

  5. Hi Walter, Nice view of the South Forty, I live in the Southern Tier of NY and am seriously considering some swine for the Homestead. I believe I will return and read some more posts on care, and starting out with that endeavor.I may have to pick your brain a bit!! BTY- We got bypassed by the storm as well only got a 1/2" dusting here. I too, am glad that the Mid-Atlantic will be enjoying a nice "White Christmas" this year.
    Peace and POrosperity to You and Yours this Holiday Season!!
    Rich @ NY Homesteader

  6. Beau says:

    It all looks so nice, and I appreciate your view toward balance with treelines and brush. We live on slopes on a smaller scale, and I work to keep the rain from eroding the land too much. This history of your land must be interesting.

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