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Glyndower Brea

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Thank you for all of your input and advise. I can see the pigs are going to  be a wonderful help at least for the next few years anyway.

Irene, thats exactly the result I want to see in my bracken patches! For some reason the burs are as thick as thieves there too! I can not wait to get the baby girls out there with their little snouts sterilizing the soil and eradicating the stuff.

In this part of Australia ragwort, bracken, dock, cape-weed, etc are a big problem. Because our place hasn't ever really been looked after as it should have (too small an area for a serious farmer) I can't even begin to imagine the seed bank in the soil... as they say "One years weed, ten years seed" Despite the fact I have just spent the last two days spot spraying out a group B herbicide to get a bit of control on the situation for this summer while I have no stock on the place I'm not keen to keep it up for so many reasons... I hate sprays but everything in its place and something drastic needed to be done.
I used to Dairy with Dad and the Pigs will be run on a similar rotation program to the cows and be constantly moved. I have no desire to keep them on one area of the farm until the soil is so compacted and depleted that nothing will grow as that would totally defeat the purpose too.
After the pigs have done "Gods work" in one area I will move them off, harrow, lime and EM (effective microbes) and scatter seed about including deep rooting vegetation to ensure all the goodies become more readily available and the soil stays healthy, a lot of them that I want to plant are also very beneficial herbs for stock anyway. 
9 years ago
P.S a Fox won't try to kill a five week old piglet will it? We have a fox that hangs about and our Border Collie likes to share her dinner with it. It's NEVER around when there is a gun  on hand 
9 years ago
HI All

I have joined this forum in the  hopes of gleaning some priceless information. My partner and I have just brought our first farm, only small at 42 acres but a lot of work and very run down... but you know how it often goes, you buy what  you can afford and you do the best you can! Currently we can't afford a tractor so I have some Pigs on their way (8  Berkshire females with more on order) I hope to have 20 girls before to long.
Now, 10 acres or so has been cleared of pines and its not really land that you can currently drive over as it has old stumps and is a mess basically plus the scrub and weeds are taking hold and of course due to the pines the soil is depleted... in time I want to fence that off  and keep it stocked with Goats to get rid of and keep the blackberry away... some of it would make lovely pasture so it will just be the little gully that the Goats need to roam.
What help will Pigs be in this situation and how many roughly will we need?
I also want to have the Pigs rotated all year round (we breed horses) to keep rid of bracken patches and root up the dandelions n stuff and just generally dig about rather than getting someone in to plough and I can seed crops after them if that makes sense?
If I want this to be their job, how many pigs to the acre will I need to keep?
9 years ago