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Weaners arrive  RSS feed

 
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Hi All: Mid may and I'm just getting my piggys. Normally I would have them in early march. Heavy snow that took forever to recede, pasture that refused to green up. All is ready now.  Starting this late i'll plan on butchering in late October. All girls this year , Rosemary , Sage and Fennel.
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3 three little piggys
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Rosemary
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sage and fennel
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Rotational pens looking green
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apple trees in bloom
 
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Those noses are made for digging!
 
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Good luck with your pigs! I'm in Texas where it is HOT! I raised my first pigs through the winter, which is mild here. I messed up and am raising pigs in the summer now. Never again! I guess if you had winter pigs, they would use all their feed to stay warm! Nice looking piggies, hope they grow off well for you!
 
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Well those noses sure have been busy digging... and the other end is fertilizing....7 days and over 1/2 of the main pen is tilled !  With the rotation pens , the first pen will be ready to eat again in the time it takes for them to till the other three.
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Hi All : Been about 7 weeks now since the weaners arrived. Boy are they growing ! I don't think I could lift them up and carry them around anymore ! They have eaten, pooped and tilled their way thru their main paddock and the summer house plot as well as eating/digging most of their way through the clover / comfrey plot! The apple patch and a rye paddock await them.  I moved the gas tiller into the summer house pen and will reseed with buckwheat and clover.  
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Little oinkers not so little anymore
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The summer house pen in need of a reseed
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The apple patch ready to eat
 
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They sure are growing. We wound up slaughtering ours ourselves. It wasn't too bad, I would do it again.
 
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I love your system, Thomas.  They certainly do a number on the land, don't they?  I love that they do the hard work for you and get the soil ready for your next crop.
 
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LOL; Looks like a bombing range in there when they are done in a pen. Quick till and a reseed and its coming up green in no time!  Rotational pens are a great way to utilize your land ... and the piggys are SO.. excited when they get allowed into a new paddock!
 
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thomas rubino wrote:Quick till and a reseed and its coming up green in no time!  


Mechanized tilling after the piggies is so your land retains a smoothish surface?
 
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Yes, also to break up the compacted areas where they were laying.  And it keeps any water from puddling.
 
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thomas rubino wrote:Hi All: Mid may and I'm just getting my piggys. Normally I would have them in early march. Heavy snow that took forever to recede, pasture that refused to green up. All is ready now.  Starting this late i'll plan on butchering in late October. All girls this year , Rosemary , Sage and Fennel.

 Love this pictures!!  Love the names!    Thanks for posting pictures!
 
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