Why We Raise our Pigs in Barns

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Can you believe that we’re already into the middle of October?! Time has flown by, and I haven’t even acknowledged something very important this month.

October is National Pork Month and we’re getting closer to winter, so in honor of that I’m going to explain why we raise our pigs indoors.

Indoor Living

We raise our pigs indoors on concrete slats. The flooring has slats so that the manure from the hogs has somewhere to go. It collects in a pit below the building and we have to empty this pit every once in awhile to spread manure on our corn fields.

We raise them inside so that they are protected from predators and other animals that could be carrying diseases. In southern Iowa we have a large population of coyotes. While they haven’t been an issue to us yet, we still take precaution to protect our pigs from them…

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