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Automatic Hoof Trimmer

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Pigs Using Automatic Hoof Trimmer Well, actually I would call it an automatic nail trimmer instead of hoof trimmer but the idea is the same. I don’t want to be trimming 32,000 pig nails a year. It is just not … Continue reading

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Off the Charts at -90°F and Colder than Hell

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We fell off the wind chill chart… Someone wrote me asking about the temperatures last night here in Vermont. It was -34.2°F on Sugar Mountain. The 70 mph winds were the real killer giving a windchill of about -90°F. This … Continue reading

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Snow Eaters

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Pigs Eating Snow When you see livestock eating snow it means you should check your waterers. They can do fine eating snow, as research has shown, however it takes more calories to convert the frozen snow to liquid water in … Continue reading

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Winter Garden Paddock

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Sows, Piglets & Berkshire Boar Spitz In the winter we shift the pigs down off of the mountain pastures into winter paddocks closer to the house. These areas are more protected from the wind, closer to the waterers and have … Continue reading

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Winter Waterer Shroud

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Winter Waterer Shroud In the winter static water freezes and makes life more, er, challenging. This is close to half our year here in the mountains of northern Vermont. There are a lot of little tricks to dealing with winter. … Continue reading

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Escape Route

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Whey Rock Escape Route Pigs are not actually all that intelligent despite the anthropomorphism put forth by Hollywood. The fact is, pigs are very, very good at being pigs. But pigs are not dogs and pigs are not humans. Some … Continue reading

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Pig vs Trough Size

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Small Sow and Little Piglets I’ve previously mentioned that we keep rocks on our troughs so pigs can climb out easily. On the Trough Repair post Adam asked: Just curious, is there a tank of certain dimensions that would discourage … Continue reading

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Winter Whey & Water

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Whey Line Descending This fall we moved the two lower 1,025 gallon whey tanks to the top of the whey driveway so that the delivery truck can park in one area to unload to all three tanks. Recently Will setup … Continue reading

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Eats, Drinks, Shoots and Pees – Whey Economics & Infrastructure

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Volunteer Tomatillos on South Field Plateau As a result of this post Jeff R. asked: Do you mind sharing your thoughts on the economics of feeding whey? I’m curious how you were able to get the creamery to deliver to … Continue reading

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Sow Hut v0.7.2

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Portable Sow Hut A bunch of people have asked about the sow huts we use which have appeared in the background of various photos here on my blog. Most recently the questions have been about the type shown here.[1, 2, … Continue reading

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