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Turning the ground

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:47 pm
by robnock
Just added a sow in pig to our little herd though she is in quarantine at the moment and turning the ground quite a lot, though there is lots of grass and other plants to eat Previous owner said she did not turn the ground for them and so wondering:

1 Any suggestions as to how to stop/reduce the turning.
2 When she is put in with the others (2 younger KK piglets) is there a likelihood of her teaching them to turn the ground?

Any advice appreciated,

Rob

Re: Turning the ground

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:20 am
by simon
Make sure she has enough food. Not so much she gets fat, but she might be hungry. So hay, carrots, veg etc are good to nibble on.
If you can roll the ground she is on to compact it down that will help, or put her somewhere where the ground is firmer.

It definitely is a habit and can be learnt. Equally a tap on the snout when she starts routing could help.

Re: Turning the ground

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:03 am
by robnock
Thanks for your thoughts. I don't see why she should be hungry as she has plenty of grass around and has not shown any interest in hay offered. She also does get mixed veg which she enjoys.

We think the little KK piglets have been watching or listening to her as they are making an impressive amount of mess now.

I have tried a bit of training but will give it more of a go.

Have also been talking to someone local who has just got some KKs and they are also turning the ground. I knew it was a risk but thought it unlikely and would like to stop it to increase the options for where to graze them.