204 Bales of Hay on the Landing, 204 Bales of hay…
…Take one down, pass it around, 203 bales of hay on the landing…
Yes, pigs eat hay. About 100 to 150 tons a year pass through our pigs. This is one way that we import nutrients to our farm’s soil. The soil is like a bank, you need to make deposits if you are going to make withdrawals (pork). We buy in hay which lets us use our pastures for grazing during the warm seasons – ending soon. Then over the winter we feed hay to replace the pasture. Hay is pasture, saved up for winter. Fresh pasture is more nutritious and digestible than the dry hay but the hay will get use through the winter.
Some other ways that we make deposits are wood chips for deep bedding packs (which the pigs eat some of), whey, some spent barley from a local brewery, occasionally apples from a local cider mill and to a large degree the nitrogen and carbon pulled straight out of the air by legumes like clover as well as the grasses and other forages in our fields. All of these things improve the soil which feeds the pigs that feed our customers.
It’s a food cycle. Breath in, breath out.
Feeding Hay to Pigs
Winter Hay Feeding Day
Units of Hay per Pig
Winter Hay Arrival 2014
Winter Hay 2013
Hay Bale Orientation
Spiked Hay Bales
Hay Bale Chain Grab
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