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This is a Joel Salatin on raising hogs. And he raises near 1000. some things I like about it are:
- he feeds them as much as they want all the time – this fits with my ‘ease of rearing’ philosophy. Most animals should be like this. Rationing food seems so industrial – don’t they know when they are full?
- he puts them in a pasture and rotates them off before they totally destroy it. Its a measured approach to pasturing. Any number of pigs will eventually wear down a patch of land, so if you move them to fresh ground they get
- fresh bugs
- fresh grass
- fresh rooting space
- fresh land that isn’t covered in manure
- its the best way to provide as much green as the pigs want without having to buy it, or bale it or do anything other than put them on the land and let them go at it
- its a great way to till up or work land that you want to garden
It fits exactly what I aim to do with my 16×16 foot hog panel pig pen. Its light, moveable, large enough for 2 pigs, and it tears down in no time so I can move the pigs to new patches.
I first intend to put them over the garden to till, compost, clear out that patch. From there I’ll move them down to the other property so they can clear out the raspberry bush tangle under which is hiding concrete from an old barn floor. the floor once uncovered could be a good pen or shed space or if its crumbled up, it will just allow me to clear it. Either way, the pigs are helping me work the land.
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