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    AGHs not eating grass

    We have two registered sows for potential breeding in the future. We would just need a boar from another line. The two barrows are for the freezer. Fortunately with AGHs, if we decide not to breed, the meat doesn't change flavor much as they age.
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    Welded or woven wire for fencing Guinea Hogs?

    Adding my 2 cents since I just found my four AGHs grazing in my front yard... Once they figure out that they are stronger than the welded wire fence, they will push right through. AGHs don't root as much, so we didn't have issues with them digging under. They are just too smart... We use P1...
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    Fencing ideas for sheep?

    And here we are 2 years later and that roll of woven wire is now $300. Sad days... But great thread. I am learning a lot and we have a guy coming to look at helping me set up perimeter fencing this week.
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    AGHs not eating grass

    This is where I'm having a bit of disappointment with the American Guinea Hogs. Ours are super picky... We threw pounds of snap pea hulls to them and they turned their nose up at them! They don't even eat all of our compost. They really do prefer grass and grassy weeds. It's a little "unpiggy"...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    That's where we can't decide. We have three teenage boys, so the meat is always welcome. But milk also serves its purpose in feeding those savages. My wife has dabbled in soap-making and I'm sure she would welcome goat's milk...but she would also love tallow (she's only used our lard thus far)...
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    AGHs not eating grass

    Being in the transition zone is terrible. Nothing wants to grow well here!!! Bermuda and Crabgrass in the summer (my wife's garden says: PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!! LOL) Fescue and K31 does pretty well in the spring/fall Clover does great in the spring/fall and in shade in summer I'm still...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    Well here's the "Master Plan" right now. We are still up in the air with what to do with our 1 acre of pasture. I guess it could be a single steer or a couple of sheep. We've gone back and forth on dairy goat or dairy sheep (we've eliminated dairy cow). We can run 2 batches of meat chickens in...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    If only we had the space for cattle =(
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    They definitely wouldn't share the pasture and I would let it rest and recuperate before putting a new species on it. The only thing I run behind any other animal is letting the egg layers do their work behind...well...everything and every one... They clean it all up...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    Great point! We only have 4 AGHs right now, so I think that sacrifice area would suffice for keeping them medium term. Our barn is actually adjacent to this pasture on the bottom side, I just didn't include it for simplicity's sake. So we could easily adjust if conditions required it. The plan...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    Here is my brainstorm for my paddock system in this new field. I guess this could be for any grazing animal, but right now we are doing American Guinea Hogs, so we'll keep that as the test group... Field is 185' x 165' 20' x 20' "sacrifice" area in the center with permanent hog panel fencing...
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    Central Virginia Newbie. Planning for turkeys, pigs, and sheep.

    A little late to the party, but welcome. Where are you in Central VA? I'm in Chesterfield County
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    AGHs not eating grass

    So the Hogs have all but made clover extinct on our pasture. They are starting to take to Bermuda a little more, but certainly have their stages of growth when they like it more. Still figuring out that timing. Bermuda is great, though, because it recovers like crazy and fills in holes and bare...
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    Name that poo

    You're probably right, just my hogs getting out and having weird stuff in their stomachs... Too bad, I was ready to do some bear hunting...
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    Name that poo

    Found a few piles of this stuff in our back field. Any guesses on the animal? That is my son's croc in one shot for size comparison. (it is not out of the question that our pigs got out and wandered back there, but it doesn't look like their normal poo)
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    Well the forestry mulcher came today. It was emotional seeing unusable land be turned into a field right before my eyes. He cleared 2/3rds of an acre in about 3 hours. There was perimeter and paddock t-posts throughout and he didn't hit a single one. Dude was a beast. Here are some pics
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    You are speaking my language. I've been researching small ponds and what goes into building them. We are surrounded by wetlands, but not on a wetland ourselves. When digging the trench for irrigation, we hit water at 18 inches! When we bought the house, the well inspector said, "Welp, you'll...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    I actually read through quite a bit of your post before posting this. Super-encouraging and grats on a ton of work. Our space isn't nearly that big. We have bermuda in the front field, and since it spreads indefinitely and is the only thing that survives a nuclear blast, we've decided to...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    I am thankful that one of my former students owns one. Giving me at least a decent deal I think... I'm still getting over paying for what I could do manually. But I am paying for efficiency. Like you said, one day vs one year... I was quoted $15,000 to clear my entire 5.5 acres by another...
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    Recuperating Old Pasture (new project)

    Google Earth Shot: You can see the back half behind the barn (white roof) is totally overgrown with trees. That is how this started...
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