Want to set up your own Pig Club?!
House: 6 pallets, 20 straw bales, 12 two metre lengths of 4×2, large boards (2mx4m total), screws, metal brackets to connect palettes, power drill. Stand the palettes on their ends and attach them together to make a rectangle 2 palettes by 1 palette. Cut a ‘door’ at one end of one of the long sides so that any wind will get to the pigs so much. The detachable roof is made by screwing the 2×4 to the boards and covering with roofing felt. This should be attached at an angle of at least 10 degrees so one side of the pallet rectangle will need to be added to or cut down. Ours has the struts sitting within the rectangle to help hold it in place. The roof should now extend at least a bale’s width beyond the pallets on all sides. The bales are now stacked all around the pallets and held in place with strong cord or rope. Just leave a gap for the door!
Fencing: 50m stock fencing, with strand of barbed wire, 50m electric fencing. The electric fencing needs to have a strand a few inches from ground level to prevent rooting under the fence and at least 2 strands higher up.
Food: We are buying growers pellets supplemented with vegetables and other suitable organic waste. Pigs can eat most things but you’re not allowed to feed them anything that’s been in a kitchen and there are a few things that can make them ill like parsnip tops.
Water: We use plastic bowls stuck inside old car tyres and a water but as a storage container.
Pigs: Buy weaners (around 6-8 weeks old). They need to be trained to respect electric fencing and it’s important to visit them before buying to check that you are happy with the welfare standards and so that you know they are healthy.
According to the old adage, a pig doesn’t get fatter by being weighed. Nevertheless it’s important that we know how well our pigs are growing so Steve explains how to weigh a pig with a tape measure. (It’s not as difficult as it sounds!)
Any other questions, please comment and we will try to help.