Pig Chewed Tree
Pigs will chew, and kill, trees. They’ll do this to maples, to beech, to pine, to fruit trees. They tend to be more aggressive towards smaller saplings. This is more of an issue in winter and more of an issue in smaller paddocks or pens. So if you want the pigs to clear out brush and trees you’ll need to mob graze them – that is put a lot of animals in a small area so the eat it all down.
This particular tree is an apple out in the middle of a large paddock. None of the other young apples, or other trees, around it are chewed. I’m guessing our boar Spitz did this. He may have simply been sharpening his tusks. Perhaps a sow was in heat and he was showing off. This particular chewing won’t kill this apple tree.
Fortunately pigs are not death to trees like goats and sheep but if you have fruit trees, or other trees, that you value then you may want to put fencing up to protect the trees. Double parallel fence lines make a good tree zone and a reserve for forages seeding back into the pasture as well as a creep feeding area for small pigs, chickens and ducks.
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