For my first Farm Friday post I figured I'd explain our hog operation. My Farmer and I have a 2400 head finishing site.
|Photo obviously taken during the summer, way too cold to take a photo today...|
As you can see the site has two buildings and an office on it. Our buildings have an auto-sort system in them where the hogs walk through a scale to get to the "food court" area.
|My Farmer checking the feeders in the "Food Court"|
When they are done in the food court they can leave and hang out in a "lounge" area.
|Lots of space for the pigs to explore|
When the hogs are near a market weight of 270 pounds we turn on the scales a couple days before they are scheduled to go to market. The scales will sort out the hogs that are ready to go to market into a separate lounge area than the ones that still need some time. This reduces some of our sorting labor in preparation to bring pigs to market.
|Our dog Bailey helping with chores|