A New Pig Yard

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on making a new space for next year’s pigs, as I want to use their current yard eventually for cattle. I dug new posts and set up the fencing so that by spring time it will be ready for new animals. We had an old horse trailer kicking around the farm not doing anything. It was well beyond repair, so I used it to make a shelter for the pigs. Now that this yard is set up we are hopefully more ready to take on the spring rush…

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Pigs like to eat Pumpkins

We fed our Pigs some Pumpkins today for a treat. They liked them so much they were trying to eat my camera as I was taking  the pictures!  Crunch crunch crunch…

 

Division Day

Today proved to be an ideal day to split our boys from the girls! I checked on the pigs this morning to see how they were doing, and they were fast asleep in the open barn. Funny thing was, both males were together in one pen and both females were together in another pen – perfect timing, pigs! I had been thinking that we should split them up before they get any older, and now they had already done the job for me! I then spent the rest of the day in the pouring rain making a division line that splits up the main yard in half. Took down the tall weeds, added posts & wire, hooked it up and then released the pork! They were a bit confused at their new situation, but very excited at the same time to explore their new paddock. This division line will now make it easier to rotate the animals within our yard and keep the vegetation available and fresh as they graze it down.

oink oink oink…

Big day today at Russwood! We now have our first group of Tamworth pigs! It was a very hot day for moving the piglets here, but they made it safe and sound. After unloading off the truck they immediately started a mud hole in the dirt to cool themselves down. What funny characters they are! We hope they enjoy the large paddocks we’ve made for them, munching away on all the wild grass & pasture they can eat! Stay tuned for more adventures.. I’m sure there will be with these guys 😉