Take a Tour of our Pig Barn!
|For the first part of the tour, we visited the farrowing (birthing) barn, where the baby pigs are born until they are weaned and then moved to a nursery barn.|
You will notice our Chinese guests are wearing white tyvek suits - this is just one of the many safeguards we have in place for biosecurity purposes. You see, if someone were to bring in a foreign animal disease to our farm, it could be devastating to the health of our pigs.
|Baby pigs nursing|
|Momma pig taking a drink from the waterer that we call a "nipple." Yes, I just said, nipple!|
|Hogs and kisses!|
|Checking out the flooring that helps keep our sows cool and comfortable.|
|Babies standing on a heated mat (and under a heat lamp) to keep warm and build up their immunity.|
|The second part of the tour took place in the gestation (breeding) barn where pigs are bred in individual stalls for their health, safety and for specialized care and nutrition.|
|Happy, sleepy piggy|
|Big D on the right, our veterinarian in the middle and a representative from an animal pharma company who coordinated the tour.|
|Each sow has her very own individual feeder, in case she needs more or less grain then her neighbor who may otherwise steal her grain if she wasn't kept in an individual stall.|
|First time a limo has been on the farm, ever.|
|Outside of the farrowing barn|
|Outside of the gestation barn|