Anybody out there remember Pigs in Space from the Muppet Show? Well, when I was thinking about what to title this post (series of posts, actually), I couldn’t stop thinking about the title sequence to this show. While I won’t exactly be writing about pigs in space as depicted in the show, I will be writing about pigs in space…as in pigs on pasture with plenty of space! But, before we get to that, take a look at this Pigs in Space video, if you’d like.
Now back to pigs on pasture. The next few posts will be about this topic and will hopefully give you a good idea of how to manage pigs on pasture. What a joy it is to see pigs go from their winter quarters to pasture! Over the last few weeks we have put out several groups. The majority of pigs still left in barns are those that are still pigaerating or young pigs that will be going out shortly.
Before we can put pigs out, they have to be trained to the electric fence. To do this, we basically set up a mini electric fence in one corner of their enclosure. We run a wire and set up the battery and charger as usual. We also put a small spring on the wire to allow for some give so the pigs don’t break it by running into it. Hopefully the pictures below will give you an idea of the setup. It is easy to do this setup alone, but in my short experience I have found it is good to have a partner to help keep curious pigs from chewing up your supplies. The pigs learn about the fence pretty quickly, but we usually give them about a week to be trained.
Stay tuned for more info on pigs in spaaaace.