I have a few questions which I am sure y'all can help me with. I currently work on a tiny farm, just got the job. I am taking over for someone who did not give two turds about animals or farming. We are about to send 6 pigs off to processing, which combined with currently vacant pens will give me 5 pens ranging in size from 1/8 to 1/2 acre. 3 of those pens are currently MOONSCAPE because my predecessor did not move the pigs at all last season. I am concerned that there is way too much manure in those pens (I'm gonna be adding bunch of carbon soon unless y'all advise me otherwise). I want to try to reduce feed cost drastically next spring, because my boss, the owner of the farm, has basically said that if we get pigs next year they will be my pigs, purchased and fed with my money, and any profits going into my pockets. Anyway, I was hoping to have about 6 pigs again next year and I want to start doing what I can to get those pens rehabbed so that there is actual forage for my little piggies.
- should I add a bunch of carbon to the 3 moonscaped lots that are probably a third pig shit?
- are there any seed mixes that are suitable as pig pasture? ( I was looking at some whitetail food plot seed mixes and didn't know if they would be suitable with a few amendments or what?)
- if the deer seeds won't do, whats the short list of best pig forage? If I have to buy the types of seed individually I would rather it be less than ten species.
Thanks for your attention, I am excited about raising some pigs next year! If it matters at all I am in upstate SC, near Greenville.