Although we’re keen pig farmers, in the past we’ve been reluctant to breed, preferring to source weaned piglets. As part of our multi-enterprise approach to farming, we acquired a small micro-dairy which came complete with breeding saddleback sows and a boar. With dairy setup on a very tight deadline, we had a portable pig housing crisis that needed a solution! Enter the Pig-Go!
Woodend is a fairly chilly place in winter and with sows dropping piglets, we needed to build basic (simple & cheap) housing to give the sows protection from the elements. Since we’re committed to portable infrastructure and the benefits it offers in regenerative farming, the pig shelters needed to be portable.
So, with little time to spare, we raided a pile of junkie timber left over from the construction of our second eggmobile and in a couple of hours, we’d framed up some basic accommodation to protect our new additions from the elements!
The Design Brief :
1/ Mobile (on Taranaki Farm everything must be easily movable)
2/ Cheap (to profit in farming, we must avoid expensive inputs in hardware)
3/ Fast (The pigs were arriving in 24hrs!)
So, we settled on a simple skid design (toboggan inspired!) consisting of a couple of red gum planks with a basic timber frame build upon it, clad with second hand corrugated iron. A team of three interns and myself knocked them together using assorted left over screws, nails, timber and tin in just a few hours.
Mission successful, and the sows are now happily making themselves at home in this cheap, simple and portable little pig house. We’ll experiment with breeding some pigs (beyond our usual sourcing of weaners) and we’ll see what happens… only time will tell.