Digging pigs?

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Alvary, May 7, 2005.

  1. Alvary

    Alvary dOn't gEt mAd, gEt EvIl.

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    hello

    I'm wanting to get some pigs (berkshires and saddlesbacks)

    My mother use to have them and said they dug like mad.

    Is there any way i can stop them from digging or get them to graze?

    Thanks
    Jessica
     
  2. Horace Baker

    Horace Baker Well-Known Member

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    Some people say ringing will stop rooting, but if a pig is determined, I have my doubts.
     

  3. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jessica,
    Hampshires and Saddlebacks are no worse at digging than most other breeds - I had a Duroc and Large White that between them dug up a hillside to the extent they were uprooting small trees and leaving 4ft craters behind them :grump: I was not amused.

    Rings in the nose will put paid to their antics - I put one large one through the middle and around 5 smaller ones through the top of the snout. There are 8 sows in a paddock without a bit of rooting to be seen.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     
  4. highlands

    highlands Walter Jeffries Staff Member Supporter

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    When our sows (Yorkshire) go out on pasture initially in the spring they dig more. Then they get it out of their system and start grazing. They only dig down about 6" or so. The chickens follow and smooth the pasture out and break up the pig poops. In the end the pasture looks better than when it started.

    If they start digging, let them do so for a while and see if they get over it.

    We do not ring our pigs.