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Happy day for the piggys today , moved into a new pen ! Lots of barley and rye to munch on for a few days.
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A few more photos
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Well eight days later and the 3 little piggys have had their way with the "new" patch of barley & rye... another week or two and it will be time to move to their next pen...the one with the apple tree they don't know about yet. Meanwhile a new crop of barley & buckwheat is just starting to pop up in their old pen.
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Those must be some fat, happy pigs! It's great to see the paddock shift technique in action. I hope you'll keep posting as it progresses. It will be good to see how the replanted pens do, and if there are any problems with regrowth.

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Moved to a new pen today. They decimated the one they were in. It has already been tilled and will get replanted this week. Barley,buckwheat ,clover and vetch all coming on good in the last pen. The rye is over their heads in the new one. The waters cold and the sky is blue... great day to be 3 (not so) little piggys. They don't know it, but the neighbor called today. To let me know, that yesterday his trail cam picked up three cougars 1/2 mile above the house! Could ruin a piggys day if they decide to come down the hill.Luckily I have small doses of lead poisoning available ... if the kittys want to "play" with the piggys.
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Ok,  been a month since moving out of the first paddock.  It has regrown to a thick lush paddock.  The apple tree paddock # 3 is trampled and rooted, ready to be tilled and replanted ....The second paddock they tilled is coming up with clover and alfalfa.  Soon I will move them to paddock # 4 , then back to #1 before their big truck ride to our buddy the butcher.
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paddock #1 coming up nicely
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Paddock #3 rooted trampled and fertilized
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Paddock #2 hard to see but coming up with clover & alfalfa
 
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Happy Day , Again!!  Moving into paddock #4.  Looks like despite having to jump 3 fences the deer got in first. Piggys don't seem to mind .... Guess all that clover was too tempting. Paddock #3 is ready to be tilled & seeded.The apple tree loves all the extra fertilizer the pigs share.  I will hand pick the apples to bring them for treats as a thank you from the tree.  Paddock #2 is coming up with clover and alfalfa  and paddock #1 is ready and awaiting their return after they finish "working" paddock #4.  As a side note, while cruising the organic forum, I spotted an old post that was bumped forward. Using spoiled raw milk as a pasture fertilizer. Lately after discovering a source of A2  milk that my wife is able to consume, I have started making cheese & butter following david ashers wonderful book (art of natural cheese making). Whey/ buttermilk are a byproduct of that and I have been feeding it to the pigs... After reading the post on raw milk/ whey I am going to try spraying any leftover dairy products as a fertilizer on my rotational paddocks and in the veggie garden, I'll still save some for the pigs.
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happy pigs moving into paddock #4
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leaving after work is finished from paddock #3
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paddock #2 looking good & #1 in the background even better
 
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Out of paddock #4 and back into #1.  Bumper crop of apples this year... piggy heaven ! Paddock #2 is filling in with alfalfa & clover . Paddock #1, 3,4  will be tilled and planted with winter wheat & rye after piggys have gone to visit the butcher.
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Back in paddock #1
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thank you apples from the tree
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finished work in paddock #4
 
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Distressing day for the piggys.. especially whitey. Her "room" the one with the grain feeder is CLOSED  !!! OMG! What is a piggy to do However there seems to be a new path... hmm smells like there may be grain there... a fat piggy can hope !  Within 15 minutes of bringing the pickup over and putting a grain feeder in the back it appears that miss whitey is over her distress, seems that all is good in piggy world as long as the grain keeps flowing ! Curley and tender loin took it all in stride, they like roots and apples as much as grain. Whitey will sleep with her face in the feeder while her buddies are out getting hand fed thank you apples from the tree. This might explain why she is so much larger(fatter !) than her siblings. So while whitey pouted in front of her "room" curley and lonnie both checked out the truck... were unimpressed with just grain and went over by the apple tree. Smart piggys apples taste way better than boring old grain! Was wanting to take them for their "truck ride" next week on the tenth but... seems the bonner county fair has the butcher all booked up. The 24th is the next available slot... So 3 more weeks of rolling in the mud eating grain, apples, roots and grubs.
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Hmm smells like there might be gain up there
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The new road to the grain
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dinner time
 
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Few more pics
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guarding the grain feeder from her buddys
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darn curley bullied her way in !
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won't let lonnie up !
 
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The three little piggys went for a truck ride yesterday.  Loading was easy ... all three just followed me into the truck.  Hanging weight was #220 on whitey, #208 on curley and little lonnie was #158.  They come home next thursday.... in little white packages.
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little oinkers
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big piggys, asking for apples
 
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thomas rubino wrote:The three little piggys went for a truck ride yesterday.  Loading was easy ... all three just followed me into the truck.  Hanging weight was #220 on whitey, #208 on curley and little lonnie was #158.  They come home next thursday.... in little white packages.



How long did it take to get them up to this weight?
 
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  I got them as wieners , maybe 6 weeks old, on march 11th , they went to the butcher on aug 24th. (i wanted them to go on the 10th)  So apx five months with me, maybe 6 months old total.
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march 2016, whitey, curley and tender loin
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Aug 2016 checking out the new "feed room"
 
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