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Raising Pigs – Fence Training

RAISING PIGS: ​Fence Training

Part 4 of a Series | 5 minute read | Also published on PermacultureNews.org

​All fencing arrangements but one, to a pig, are an invitation to scratch, lean, and shove until the fence has been mangled beyond recognition and the pig goes where it wants.

The one kind of fence that pigs won’t lean on is an electric fence. But electric fence is more a psychological barrier to a pig than a physical one and it’s important to give them the right impressions of electric fences from the very beginning.

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Raising Pigs – Can pigs learn table manners?

RAISING PIGS: Can Pigs Learn Table Manners?

Part 3 of a Series | 5 minute read | Also published at PermacultureNews.org 

All pigs are greedy, and large pigs are incredibly strong. Feeding the pigs, as they grow bigger, can easily degenerate into a full body contact sport in which the pig wins and the amateur pig-raiser gets discouraged and gives up on homegrown pork.

​Here are some ​strategies that have worked for us to keep pig-raising enjoyable when those cute little piglets have grown bigger and are no longer cute.

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Raising Pigs – Stationary vs Mobile Pens for Pigs

RAISING PIGS: Mobile vs Stationary Pens for Pigs

​Part 1 of a Series | 5 to 6 minute read | Also published at PermacultureNews.org

Assuming you want your pigs to be able to enjoy natural behaviors like digging in living soil, foraging for fresh foods, and wallowing, do they need to be moved frequently onto fresh ground? 

Strategies for housing and feeding pigs vary according to circumstances, and in particular will depend on whether you keep your pigs in one place and can build permanent structures for them, or you want to move them around and need mobile infrastructure.

We’ve tried both – moving pigs around and keeping them in one place. This article shares what we have (so far) found to be the pros and cons of mobile versus stationary pig raising systems, and why we are currently trailing a stationary arrangement for our pigs.

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