I just acquired a new property, mostly shrubs growing there now. It's been suggested to put some pigs to start the job of cleaning and preparing the soil for growing some food. I'm thinking of electric fencing them, and rotational grazing. Right now I have a big concern: the smell. Some of the areas that need a good cleaning are just around the house and I'm afraid that it get smelly. Anybody there tried something like this? It works? Am I right of being afraid of the smell? Other sugestions?
BTW, I live in southern Brazil, and the plan is to produce some good food for me and my family. I'm learning a lot here! Thanks!
Given a chance, pigs are actually very fastidious. Put their feed trough and a shelter for them to sleep in up near the house and they will typically go as far away as they can to do their business. They often select a specific toilet area and stick to it.
My opinions are barely worth the paper they are written on here, but hopefully they can spark some new ideas, or at least a different train of thought
Added to what the previous posters suggested. Mix Food grade Diamatetious earth in with their feed . Sprinkle it on top of fresh poop.
Pigs are smart, they watch you , if you rake their poop into a pile ,they understand what your doing and IF they like you .... they will poop as close as they can.
Always on a fence line or in a corner. Each little area they hang out in will have a spot to use.
When we had our pig it was fun to watch it clean house every day. The pig would pull all the hay out of the shelter then when the pig was done cleaning the hay was all return where it had been. There was no smell.
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I hate to revive an older thread, but I wanted to pass on some information that I had heard for anyone coming across this post in the future. Please note, I have no personal experience with pigs yet, but I read and listen to a lot of farmers and homesteaders who do. The people commenting here have gotten one piece, which is the same with any animal manure. Don't let to much build up in one place and add some carbon.
The other piece that I did not see presented here is the role that the food has in the smell of the manure. What I read is that pigs eating junk food, spoiled food, or nearly spoiled food will have far more smelly manure than pigs that are fed apples, acorns, grubs, grass, hay, etc.