Agricultural Insights Podcast on Pastured Pigs

Pigs on Pasture – South Field, Section Five

Chris Stelzer of Agricultural Insights interviewed me last week about raising pastured pigs. You can get his podcast from iTunes or on the AgriculturalInsight‘s web site.

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4 Responses to Agricultural Insights Podcast on Pastured Pigs

  1. Sherry Dwire says:

    I have a few pigs…two sows, one gilt, one boar and 12 piglets. I noticed you have winter quarters in the area you later use for a garden. I would love to do that on my garden, but I have heard warnings about pig manure containing parasites that get on root crops, like potatoes, and carrots. I think it was recommended that a person wait a year or two before planting a garden in an area where pigs have been. Do you know anything about this, and if so, how did you solve the problem?

    • We plant above ground crops and don’t plant root crops in the winter paddocks for our consumption. However, you won’t have parasites from the pigs in the garden or the manure if there aren’t parasites in the pigs. You also might want to cook or peel – any soil can have parasites. We do plant root crops for the livestock in the winter paddocks and we have never seen signs of parasites in our pigs’s livers or intestines at slaughter. One of the things one checks for at slaughter is the tell-tale white spots in the liver.

  2. Thanks for such and educational blog! My husband and I are pasturing a few pigs for the first time and are having issues with ticks, they are abundant in the area. Our chickens are running ahead of them for the most part, but we are still seeing them inside the pigs ears. Do you have these issues and what do you use?

    • Due to our long snow cover and cold winters we don’t have a lot of ticks but there are some. From what I have read the deer and moose, which we have lots of, have lots of ticks. So theoretically the ticks are out in our environment, in the fields. But we very rarely see any. Once in a while we find a tick on a dog – always a dog tick species of tick. I have never seen a tick on our pigs. For tick control we use chickens. We have a lot of chickens free ranging and they follow the pig herds, ranging out around where the pigs graze. This may be keeping our tick population down to almost invisible. The reason we have so many chickens is because they are a great organic pest control, especially for insects, ticks, etc. A side benefit is the hens produce a lot of eggs which we cook, to double the available protein, and feed to the younger pigs.

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