Oh man, slopping pigs sucks. It’s just so stinky and messy.
That statement came from a guy that is selling an agricultural product. (I met him on a business trip) Here’s my concern. This man is selling an agricultural product, yet he doesn’t understand that we don’t “slop” pigs anymore.
We continue the conversation and I tell him that my husband raises pigs, and here’s another question that arises.
Who scoops the manure?
This guy is working the agriculture industry, but doesn’t understand modern agriculture? Maybe we’ve got a bigger problem that we thought.
How am I supposed to expect a person that is further removed from agriculture to understand modern agriculture and what we’re really doing on the farm when a person who works in the agriculture industry, doesn’t understand what we’re doing?
To my friends who aren’t involved in agriculture (besides eating)… Forgive me, I sometimes forget that we need to really explain how we do things now. We have come so far and made so many improvements to provide you with a wholesome product.
We don’t “slop” pigs anymore, and for those that aren’t familiar with that term, “slopping” pigs was when either;
a) you mixed pig feed with water together for the hogs to eat
b) you took your table scraps from supper and fed the pigs the scraps
Our pigs are fed a formulated diet that is prescribed by a Nutritionist for optimum health for the pigs. The feed is mechanically moved from our bins that sit outside our barn, to the feeders inside the barn. They eat the feed out of the feeders, and farmers essentially never touch the feed. (Unless they decide to pick some up out of the feeder and hand feed a pig for fun ;)
We don’t scoop manure anymore either. Our pig barn has slated (long slits) floors that the manure drops through to a very deep pit. The pit is emptied whenever it gets full and is pumped into our manure spreader. The manure spreader spreads the waste on our fields to be utilized as a natural fertilizer for our crops.
Day to day operations include turning on the mechanical feeders to bring in feed for the pigs twice daily. My Farmer is also walking through the building to make sure that they have enough water and if he can treat any sick pigs. He walks through once in the morning and once in the evening to check on things, unless he has some extra time. Then he’ll walk through and play with the pigs more throughout the day. –He’s a true farmer.
We have more work to do as farmers.
Love to all-Nicole