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Anyone run pigs in a bamboo grove?

 
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My gut says they will tear it up, but the roots are very tough.  I don't want to remove the bamboo, I want the pigs to manure it for me.
 
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I have not, but all the bamboo thickets in our village are electric fenced to keep out wild boar. Wild boar come after the shoots in spring.
 
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With very little data available, I've decided to build a small, deep bedded pen in the middle of my grove as an experiment.  
 
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Gray Henon wrote:With very little data available, I've decided to build a small, deep bedded pen in the middle of my grove as an experiment.  



I would love to see pics and hear how ot goes.  Ive been thinking of planting bamboo to give them another food source.  Figure if I did a strip and fenced them out O could feed them and let them through every now and then to fertilize and stimulate new growth.

~Honey
 
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Honey Rowland wrote:

Gray Henon wrote:With very little data available, I've decided to build a small, deep bedded pen in the middle of my grove as an experiment.  



I would love to see pics and hear how ot goes.  Ive been thinking of planting bamboo to give them another food source.  Figure if I did a strip and fenced them out O could feed them and let them through every now and then to fertilize and stimulate new growth.

~Honey



Lol, bamboo doesn't need any growth stimulation!

I'll try to get some pics when I can.  I finished the pen with the help of my boys and got the pig in it.  Right now the pen is right up against the bamboo, not quite IN it, yet.  Next spring, I'm sure plenty will come up in the pen.  So far the pig hasn't really rooted up the rhizomes, but he is fed pretty well.  I don't think bamboo would be much of a food source for pigs, perhaps just in the spring when it is shooting as the previous poster mentioned.  I grow it mostly for feeding my sheep and goats in the winter, and shoots for us, of course.
 
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The light wasn't very good, but here is the pic.  We've added 3 yards of woodchips since then.
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