Posted 02-08-2001 at 23:35:00
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Gents- My expertise regds hogs is limited to cooking and eating them.
My purpose with this post is to tell about a very interesting hog habitat. Seems it was written up in the Des Moines Sunday Register Farm Secton about a year ago.
The nitty gritty of it was that the hog raiser baled up dry corn stalks in the fall, as is common here in Iowa. After that he ran the bales thru some kinda grinder and blew 'em into some kinda hog shelters.
I remember clearly that the idea was that there was a real deep layer of the fluffed up corn stalks in the shelter. With that the hogs just did their thing, burrowing in when it was cold, or bedding on top when the weather was nice. The idea was that the hogs had a wide range of shelter and warmth options.
Seems like the shelter was open to some kinda pasture, where they could get out and move around, get fed, get water, etc. But, they were able to do what they needed as to shelter, warmth, life style, etc.
I got no links and only a vague memory of this. But, it might be something for you to snoop into. Hope this helps. IHank