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Dave and Judy the Farm Pigs

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These pictures are of the pigs I use to have. I no longer have them, or any other pigs. Some day, I might consider getting more, but, want to make sure I have a secure place to keep the pigs.

The male's name was Dave and the female's name was Judy. Both pigs were very friendly. Judy lived to be 9 years old. I have no idea how she died. Prior to her death, she never showed any signs of illness. She was in the barn when I found her dead, really sad though, because Dave was laying next to her.

With farm pigs, they should be kept in their own pen and not mixed with cattle or any other farm animal.  Pigs root (dig ruts in the ground) sometimes, they can be pretty deep and a lot of them. This tears up the grass.  However, if you want them to get a garden started for you, they would certainly give you a good start.

History of Pigs Rooting

Years ago, people have found that their pigs could help clear the forest lands. Pig raisers use to run swine through the forest to eat nuts and seeds in the fall (a tradition called "masting") at that time, they noticed that the pigs were digging up the soil and destroying even the tough briars and other fast-spreading bushes in a matter of weeks.

Farm pigs can even bring giant rocks to the surface. They would destroy and eat roots systems that couldn't be broken up without a bulldozer.  Pigs can even unearth large trees and stumps, if there is food hidden  in deep holes near the roots.
Pigs can almost feed themselves by just clearing a harvested garden. Thereafter, a well-turned, manure, vegetation-clear land that can be used as a lawn, garden, pasture or whatever

Hog-tilling is also helpful in rough, rocky brushy land where human clearing is extremely labor-intensive or requires expensive machinery

However, for this procedure to work, the pigs must be confined to their work are (about 20x20ft for 2 pigs)
It would take about 2 or 3 weeks to complete clearing the field. However, in my opinion, pigs should not kept in  20x20 size pens permanently, this will end up being a "mud hole", unless a plan is to rotate them.

However, this procedure is not always easy to set up, especially if the land is hilly or covered with thick undergrowth

Some people do ring  their pigs (put a ring through their nose) to prevent them from rooting.  My personal opinion, I think it is cruel. 

Fencing/Housing Pigs

Keeping a pig on cement (my opinion) is cruel, because pigs love rooting and mud baths.  Pigs use mud baths to cool off in the summer. 

Actually, pigs are clean animals.  They generally do not defecate   or urinate in their house. I use to keep straw in their house, and it was always clean.  I hardly ever needed to change it.

Pigs are afraid of electric.  I can remember when I took down their electric so I could move them to a new and bigger pen, they would not cross where the electric was. It took me two days to get them to cross where the electric fence was.

Obviously, a strand of electric wire should be kept at the bottom. but, it is important to keep the ground under electric wire clear of weeds, otherwise, the electric wire could short out and quit working.  I personally would recommend two strands of wire. one near  the bottom, and one  12" or there about.

Also, there are "hog panels" that are sold in 16ft sections of welded steel rods which should be attached to steel fence posts or heavy wood posts, which both should be dug deep enough to they can't be pulled out.  putting some cement in the fence hole would secure them more.

Depending on the stability of the fence, I would still recommend putting a strand of electric near the bottom.
Pigs are very strong animals and break through a fence.

when I had the Judy's piglets. (used for meat)
a couple of them broke through the fence.
One thing you don't want to do, is chase your pigs that roams off your property.  The young pigs I had, got out, went to the people next door, and rooted up some of their property.
Most people won't be too happy from a neighbors pig destroying their property.

More pictures and information on 
 Judy and Dave the Pigs

More pictures and information
sows and boars

Dave and Judy




young boar
Dave when he was young



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