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When it comes to raising pigs on pasture and in the woodlot one of the most frequently asked questions is about how you handle the pigs in that setting. If you've ever been around a more conventional hog operation you know that there are lots of pens, gates, panels, chutes, and concrete that all aid in the movement of pigs. On the pasture though it can sometime seem like getting the correct six hogs on the trailer is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack! At least that has been my experience in the past.
Over my very few years of working with hogs in the pasture and woodlot setting I have learned that the number one tool is patience, and that is followed by sorting panels and some good planning! One thing that has worked best for me has been building a corral around my feeding area so that I can lock them in when they come to eat and then do the sorting or work that needs to be done. While I'll admit there are better solutions this is what has worked best for me and for my scale. If you're looking for some information from the pro's though I would suggest checking out the links below:
- Tom Frantzen Farminar (loading facilities are discussed starting around 18:00)
- Dan Wilson Farminar (loading facilities are discussed starting around 25:00)
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