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Fenceless Pigs

 
Lucio Lamborgio
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These piglets are fenceless since birth.
Their mother was raised here since 8 weeks and they are vigorous foragers already at 8 days. The 2 AGH/KK sows and our full KuneKune boar have been rotated under mixed canopy for almost 2 years.
Our sister sow is very due now so we're expanding from 3 to >20 in a short period and winter rains are setting in. We'll start MIRGing the older litter with their momma in a few weeks to mitigate mud/compaction and get the piglets trained on portable fencing.
We're noticing quite a difference in the piglets instinctual browsing; some more, some less. Now at 2 weeks they are eating grass, blackberry, dandelion, etc.
We're still supplementing feed with sprouted barley, organic farm veg glean, and a few local restaurant scraps.
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Kyrt Ryder
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MIRGing?
 
Kelly Smith
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Kyrt Ryder wrote:MIRGing?


management intensive rotational grazing
 
C. Hunter
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Are they in a larged fenced area so they just don't encounter fences, or is there truly not a fence at all?

Because if there's truly not a fence at all, how on earth are you not pissing off your neighbors.

Cait (whose family has spent the last 20-odd years removing feral pigs from their property and holy CRAP they do a lot of damage)
 
Lucio Lamborgio
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Our spot doesnt likely serve as a model for most because of its seclusion. The "neighbors" are about 1/2 mile away. We also spent a bunch of time with the sisters as piglets with no fences, kept them well fed and have a diverse forage environment. Most everywhere around here is Doug fir monoculture so a mixed deciduous canopy with openings has more to offer. They really don't stray farther than their usual spots (1/4 mile radius). In summer when the garden is tasty, they're working thru the forest with electronetting. This time of year though, it's low risk and a free for all. 
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Bill Erickson
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Not the topic I was expecting to see the bottom of the cart in, but that is pretty solid looking.
Thanks for showing it, Lucio.
 
Lucio Lamborgio
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Yeah that cart pic ad was an accident. My tech savyness has gaps. Is there a way to delete such accidental posts?
 
It's a pleasure to see superheros taking such an interest in science. And this tiny ad:
The stocking-stuffer that plants a forest:
FoodForestCardGame.com
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