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I was wondering how hard pigs are on pasture? Do they tear and root the ground up in the pasture if fed good? I would like to get one and put in about a half acre pasture but really don't want it destroyed either! I have raised them in the past on concrete but never in pasture.
 

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It depends on how you manage them. We use intensive rotational grazing with our herds (about 200 pigs). The pigs predominantly graze rather than root. Rooting is secondary. They do it a little but not very deep. A light rooting is good for the pasture. You aren't trying for a lawn, right?

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I have a 3/4 acre pasture that I keep 2-4 pigs on during the summer and they tear it up pretty good. Part of it is lowland that usually stays wet and muddy all season and that is their favorite area to dig wallows and root around, but they aren't particular about ripping up other areas as well.
 
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