Fencing is an area that we give a lot of thought. Jason is our fencing extraordinaire, I think he dreams pickets. He came up with our fencing plan in his head. I am not sure if he ever made a hard copy! He knew exactly what he needed, where different posts would go, what type of fencing would go where, and what kinds of animals would potentially be behind those fences. We started with our perimeter. We decided on woven wire, which would keep predators out, and we felt best to keep our animals in. Inside the perimeter it would be electric fence. There would be an alley way that all pastures spill out into. In all of the paddocks there is a gate off of the alley way. The alley way leads to a corral and our loading pen. Off of the alley way towards the loading pen, the fencing is high-tinsel and is four strands. It will hold up for pigs, sheep and cattle. We use the alleyway all the time to move our animals to different paddocks. On the back side of our alley way are our paddocks (about five acres). Every 100 feet, Jason put a 4x4 wooden post. In between are t-posts. He did this all around the five acres on all sides. The wooden posts is where he breaks up the paddocks with two strands of poly wire. Inside those paddocks he will use the poly wire across and move the animals daily up the paddock. Basically every paddock is 3/4 of an acre and he splits that paddock up five ways. Squares inside a rectangle. Jason fabricated moveable wire holders that have two spools of the poly wire with electric gate handles in a wooden stand. These make putting up the fence fast work. Pictures below!
All of the pastures are numbered around the farm. Jason takes notes throughout the year on how the pasture held up, which pigs were in those pastures, which pastures we choose for sacrifice in the spring, etc. We also make sure our two boars aren't that close together. They are never side-by-side. Same with open sows and gilts. This takes extra planning. Neither Jason nor I are home during the day, so we need to make sure our fences are doing their job. That being said no matter how careful we are, we have had some oopsies in the past to learn from! December litter, boar in the road, just to name a few. A helpful fun fact, the LB's are very respectful of the electric fence.
Our March babies are getting close to weaning time. We plan on giving Gigi a second chance, as her babies are beautiful and she has done a tremendous job with the four she has. We pray she has an easier time with her second litter. All but a few of the babies will be going to new homes. If you are interested in feeder pigs let us know for the fall litters, we are starting to get requests for them.
Enjoy the rest of your week!