I don’t know about you, but here in our neck of the woods the weather has been unseasonably warm. I wouldn’t know this from experience since this has been my first Virginia winter, but that is what the locals are saying and I will take their word for it. 🙂
Last week we started putting the animals back on pasture as fast as we could. My favorite is to see the cows back on the pasture, eating the fresh green tender shoots. It is a glorious sight after the winter!
We still have some of our pigs and chickens to go out. The pigs to the mountain pastures, Briarmoor (one of the rental farms), and Brown’s (our newest pig pasture) and the chickens to egg mobiles for here at Polyface.
I wanted to tell you about our newest pigs pastures at Brown’s, because the set up is simple and amazing. After working with pigs since last summer I can appreciate how everything is laid out and was thought through.
The total pasture is 20 acres. The way that the paddocks are set up is that there is an alley in the middle with 1/2 acre paddocks off of each side of it. Each paddock has a gate into the alley and a wooden gate into the next paddock. The wooden gates make it so the pigs can move easily from one paddock to the other. The gates off of the alley make it easy to push the pigs out of the paddocks when they are ready to butcher or when we add more pigs. There is also a water line that runs down the left side of the alley making it easy to hook up water for each group of pigs.
Here is one of the groups of pigs, that we moved out on Monday, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the pasture life.
It is going to be very interesting to see the land change throughout the year. I can’t wait to see what it looks like next year at this time!
Anyone else out there raising pigs this year? What is your set up like for pigs?