14 hogs, no escapes all season. Plan on moving them fairly frequently, otherwise they will root up the ground near the fence and drain the battery from mud/dirt being pushed up on it. It's good to give them fresh greenery anyways. Definitely recommend the fence though.
I've also heard of people running single strand electric with success, but I don't have any experience with that.
Location: Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada
posted 7 years ago
It really depends on how many pigs, how big an area they have, and how "interesting" it is for them. We raise pigs each summer. Last time we had 4 of them on about 1/3 acre paddock that is partly grassland and partly forest. They loved the woods and spent most of their time there. Lots of things to dig up and it kept them so busy they never bothered to try escaping. One side of the fence was high-tensile wire mesh but the rest was simply wooden posts along which we strung 2 - 3 lines of electric poly tape (the lower wire could be removed when they got bigger). They got zapped once or twice as weanlings and that was it, they kept away (except for the day the electric went down and they tried to wander onto a fresh pasture but we easily lured them back with feed).
I think it's because we have few pigs in a big area and there is lots for them to do - roots to dig, mud to wallow in, an area full of salmonberry bushes that they seemed to love making tunnels through...