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Out door farrowing hog house
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coaltrain    Posted 02-08-2001 at 20:41:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does any body have a good inxpensive plan for a small farrowing house and pen. I have used different make shift throwned together only to tear down and try another. I have thought this time of laying down a stock panel on the ground to keep her from rooting out while confined from pasture at the end of the house.


IHank    Posted 02-08-2001 at 23:35:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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


Larry    Posted 02-09-2001 at 07:08:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hank,I think you might be thinking about hoop buildings.I had a page saved about them,but seem to have lost it.
Being that you are from Iowa,what does the hog situation look like where you are at?Is there any family run hog farms left?


IHank    Posted 02-09-2001 at 08:48:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Larry- All I know is from reading the farm pages of the DSM Register...

My gut tells me that there are very few genuine "family farm" hog farmers still at it. This area took off at high speed toward "factory farms" for hogs and chickens, with the cattle people independents still hanging on.

50 years ago each mile square section would have 4 to 6 farmsteads operating. Now you can drive for several miles between farmsteads, because of dozering the farmsteads and road ditch to road ditch row crop operation.

A little plug for a neighbor... A lady named Kay Christian has long had a hog genetics operation about a mile from my place near Woodward. She raises and sells fancy breeding stock and is into international sales. From the road it looks like she uses what you call hoop houses and the deep bedding trick. She's also got a couple of confinement bldgs tucked back away from the road. I suspect, but don't know as fact, they are for farrowing, with the hoop houses for bringing 'em up to sale size.

Ring 'em up on 515-438-2035 and talk with Kay or Dean, for the inside story on hogs around here. If you do you may tell 'em you were refered by their neighbor, Hank Calonkey.

Ever hear of a "Pork chop kick-back?" Big grin here, IHank


Larry    Posted 02-08-2001 at 22:55:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm going to try to put an attachment on this page for you.I found this one time,but never have trie it.Let me know what you think.


What happened???    Posted 02-08-2001 at 23:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

Back to the drawing board,sorry.


Larry    Posted 02-08-2001 at 23:06:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]


That was fun.I'm glad IHank asked how to do this.Now lets try a picture


coal train    Posted 02-09-2001 at 13:19:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
HAY THANK YOUALL A LOT THAT IS THE KINDA OF INFO I AM LOOKING FOR. JUST GETTING OTHER PEOPLE'S IDEAS ON LABOR SAVING AND BEING MORE EFFICENT. THANKS AGAIN


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