Big Pig – Little Pigs

Archimedes and Weaners

Archimedes is our oldest boar at about seven years. Grazing with him in the south field are some of our youngest weaners. He weighs about 1,000 pounds – all muscle. It would take several of the piglets to equal the size of his head. The contrast is amazing.

Colors of Piglets

These piglets are a small part of about sixty that we just weaned from several litters. The belted piglet comes down through Blackie‘s line from her daughters. You might also notice the pajama bottom piglet with the stripped butt.

Outdoors: 72°F/43°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/65°F

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5 Responses to Big Pig – Little Pigs

  1. danny mc manamy says:

    just to say thank you for all your posts past and present,i was fortunate enough to find your webb/blog and have found it an insperation and God sper us will be keeping pigs some time in the near future …..just one question if i may ,,,,my soil is heavy clay and pasture quite poor , but am sure some pigs will over time improve it(i live in the west of Ireland,)will this cause any problems with my (future )pigs thanks again and best regards Dan

    • Hi Dan,

      Most of our soils are gravelly left from the glaciers so that is mostly what I have experience with. We have some loamy and some clay. The pigs root more in clay soils, especially if they are wet. This emphasizes the need for good rotational grazing. Divide your total grazing area into smaller paddocks that the pigs can eat in three days to a week ideally. The size of the paddocks depends on the pigs size, seasonal growth and all that but don’t worry about this too hard. Once the pigs have grazed an area down, leaving three to five centimeters, move them to the next paddock. Don’t bring them back to a paddock for a month or so so that the paddock has time to regrow and parasites die.



  2. danny mc manamy says:

    Thank you

  3. danny mc manamy says:

    Hi Walter Thank you for taking the time to reply to mylast message ,if i may ask ,i noticed that you also keep poultry ,what precautions should be take to stop the spred of erysipelas(redskin),is it simply a matter of keeping the hen house well away from that of the pigs?Best regards Dan

    • What I have read and heard is that erysipelas is primarily carried by turkeys. We don’t keep domestic turkeys. There are some wild turkeys in our area but they apparently do not carry the disease as we have never had a problem with it. We are pretty isolated from other farms and have a closed herd so that helps to minimize disease problems. When buy chicks every few years we get them from a reputable supplier and we practice bio-security on the farm to reduce the chance of incoming disease. This is part of the reason why we stopped doing tours. We also have setup our farm so our driveway drains away from the animal areas. Little details that help.

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