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The Lock Lomond families of Pigs were rescued last year and most now live outside in specially built paddocks. Pigs are notorious escape artists & so when in a paddock situation it is important that the fencing is safe and "escape proof".
There are two remaining Pig Families who need to move out of their stables & into a paddock. There is one family of a mother & her babies & the other stable has all the original females who were not pregnant on arrival, save one who has 2 babies - they all live together and all get along.
The plan is to move these 2 families in together with Percy & CT who have a large area which is already fenced - however the fencing is not that great, but as Percy & CT are not of the wandering off type, what they have is sufficient for them.
So what do we need to do?
There are many phases of this project & not all are within our own capabilities:
A - mains electricity supply required. This is so that ALL the Pig paddocks across the road can be properly fenced with mains electric fencing. At the moment we use car batteries to power the fencing, however the vegetation at the edge of the field grows so quickly that at the height of the growing season, on a weekly basis it takes between 1 & 2 hours to go round with shears and cut it all back. We used to use a strimmer, but the vegetation is growing in & through a wire fence & the striming cable is forever getting tangled up - (to the point of driving you round the bend!) - Plus our strimmer is broken now anyway !
When the vegetation touches the wire, it drains the battery, so we are quite often faced with having to disconnect it & bring it back to the garage on the other side of the road to charge it up. None of this is rocket science, but is very time consuming & time is something we do not have a lot of on a day to day basis. Plus if the fence runs down, the Pigs realise & can get out !
With a mains supply, this will not happen as where vegetation grows against it, the unit will simply burn it off over time. The "jolt" the fence unit gives you when you touch it, is not that bad, (I touch it accidentally all the time, so I know!) but it is enough to stop the animals getting out - which for their own safety is clearly a high priority.
A Mains connection will cost us around £1200 & has to be carried out by EDF Energy. Clearly there are lots of spin off advantages to having a supply over the road - we will be able to use power tools over there & run the sheep clippers for shearing etc etc
B - Fence work - To improve the fencing in Percy's paddock we will need to increase the number of stakes around the perimeter. Ideally there should be a stake every 6 feet. In Percy's field the stakes are about 1 every 12 feet ! With more stakes, the fence has greater support. We also need to run a rail of wood around the bottom of the fence at ground level. This is so that the wire can be secured at it's base to the rail to prevent the Pigs from "nosing the wire up" at any point, so it is important to have the stakes at regular intervals to ensure the stability of the wood rail that runs along at ground level.
We estimate we need around 40 x 4" x 6 foot fencing stakes which are around £2.50 each + the rails along the bottom - probably looking at around £300 all in.
C - Concrete area. This is something ALL the Pig paddocks are very much in need of. For each paddock (and there are 5 Pig paddocks) we would like to build a 6 meter square area of concrete. This is to provide an area of hard standing for a) their housing & b) for the Winter months. The paddocks get very wet in the Winter and the Pigs would greatly benefit from having areas like this - which have the tremendous advantage of being able to be swept clean (even with a power washer if we had the electricity supply etc)
Each area is likely to cost £500 as concrete is not the cheap option it once was
Pig Fencing Project - 2009
This page was last updated on: June 30, 2012
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If you are looking to help physically with this project, please get in touch via the e mail below. This is clearly a project that is better suited to anyone who has some building experience and is used to heavy manual work
The fencing has been semi-shored up so we can get the 2 last families moved out of the stables. It was vital to get them out now, so they can acclimatise ahead of the Winter. Below is one lucky mum with her babies!
Below were the females who didn't have litters after arriving last year - finally out in a paddock ! Their house needs felting still - any offers?
We still need to do all the other things listed above before this project is complete and time is running out, as these things mostly need to be done ahead of the weather turning. If you can help, please get in touch