Gaining Traction

Concrete Patterns

This is a rather interesting pattern in the concrete. There is a reason for this.

Stair Tread Traction

The steps are designed so vehicles of various heights can back up to them and then livestock can safely unload with sure footing below. The tread pattern for livestock handling facilities was designed by Dr. Temple Grandin. This is one of those many things that is obvious now but previously floors were made smooth which caused animals, and their handlers, to slip, fall and get injured.

Pig Demonstrating Steps

This piggy went to market…

Gathering of Pigs – Behind the Scenes

…part of the group for this week.

We will use something like this in the lairage of our butcher shop where the animals wait over night prior to slaughter. The only disadvantage I know of from this tread pattern is that it is a bit harder to clean. I plan to experiment a bit with the slope and open angle nature of the tread.

The pig on the left is from our Blackieline. Next rightward is one of our Tamworth pigs. From there over are what we call cow-pigs, referring to their coloration, which are a cross of our Blackie and Mainline genetics.

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3 Responses to Gaining Traction

  1. Ernie says:

    Cool post. Not something I’ll ever use but fascinating how flooring makes a difference. I can see how it would work for the animals. Must be hard to clean!

    So I look over to the right and notice your popular pages and posts and things. 390919 views for high on the hog! WOWza!!!!! And other wons have huge numbers too. Man a lot of people read your blog. That is just totally amazing!

  2. Kat says:

    Is this your facility? Or one that you take your pigs to currently? Are those boars going to slaughter? I was reading old posts about boar taint, and wondering what you settled on. Thanks for the great reads!

    • See this post for more about boar taint. It’s a combination of genetics, feed and management. We don’t have taint in our herd with our combination of these factors so we’ve now been taking boars to slaughter and not castrating for many years.

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