[Market-farming] Digging Dogs and Feral Hogs, Anyone?

Jackie Jameson jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 15:08:57 EST 2013


I know Laurie's not interested in shooting, but since it's a larger problem
I'll just add this. Feral hogs are a problem of our own making, since there
are no predators, we need to deal with them.  Don't forget that they carry
many diseases that transmit to farm animals and humans - many viruses.
They potentially will re-introduce once eradicated livestock diseases.
They are far more than a nuisance.

You can shoot them, but more than this- you can make a nice income stream
from them.

Approved measures in TX include installing pens on the farm, where you can
corral hogs, so they can be humanely dispatched, butchered at the
appropriate facility, and sold to the high-end European wild boar market.
For the right farmer, this will provide a nice extra income.  There is some
available research on this, and established marketing channels- try google.

Jackie in NJ

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM, Franklin W Davis <knarfme at comcast.net>wrote:

>    Hello all...is it possible to shoot the wild hogs? Franklin
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Beth Spaugh" <lists at rhomestead.com>
> To: "'Market Farming'" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 1:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Digging Dogs and Feral Hogs, Anyone?
>
>
> > We only have one year's experience with pigs, but used three strands of
> > electric fence very successfully.  They put out a very loud squeal any
> > time
> > they touched it, and quickly learned to keep their distance.  Have friend
> > who has about ten years experience with hogs year-round, breeding, etc,
> > and
> > just uses one or two strands.  They did find their way out over packed
> > snow
> > one winter.
> >
> > Beth Spaugh
> > Rehoboth Homestead, Peru NY
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> >
> >
> > "How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is
> > used." -
> > Wendell Berry
> >
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> Frances
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> > From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Barking
> Cat
> > Farm
> > Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 12:24 PM
> > To: Market Farming
> > Subject: [Market-farming] Digging Dogs and Feral Hogs, Anyone?
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > We're embarking on a project to reinforce our farm's perimeter fence.  It
> > is
> > currently 4' field fence, which has worked well on coyotes and other
> > non-deer larger mammals.  However, we have a problem with digging,
> > particularly from the local pack of vicious dogs.  We need to find a way
> > to
> > keep them out, and since I'm modifying the fence anyway, we want to also
> > exclude feral hogs.  We don't have them yet, but they've been spotted in
> > the
> > vicinity, so it's only a matter of time until they find us.  What
> damaging
> > behaviors and solutions have you experienced with respect to feral hogs?
> >
> >
> > More detail:  Our perimeter has a variety of micro-environments, so it
> may
> > be a hybrid design works the best.
> > - Some areas are heavily vegetative. We don't plan to modify these areas
> > at
> > this time, as the vegetation is doing a good job of exclusion and we say
> > if
> > it's not broken don't fix it.;
> >
> > - in other areas we have purposely planted rose bushes and other low
> > growing
> > plants which will do a good job of exclusion once they are more mature.
> In
> > these areas we might need to do some chicken wire "elled" at the bottom
> of
> > the field fence and extended out a few inches and stapled down to prevent
> > digging until roses and other plants mature, hot wire not a good idea due
> > to
> > vegetative load.;
> >
> > - and in other areas we have bare ground where vegetation is not growing
> > due
> > to heavy forest shade, for example.  In these areas, not quite sure
> > whether
> > a hot wire or a barrier mesh similar to above is a better solution.  We
> > know
> > mesh works against digging dogs, but not sure about hogs.  Thoughts?
> >
> > My question to those who have dealt with feral hogs and fencing is how,
> > specifically, they damage and/or breech fencing?  Do they ram and break
> > it,
> > do they dig under it, or what?
> >
> > Note: please don't suggest poisoning, shooting, or trapping.  We have
> > thoughtfully considered and ruled all three out for a variety of reasons.
> > We feel that exclusion is our best option and are looking for guidance on
> > that specifically.
> >
> > Many thanks in advance,
> >
> > Laurie Bostic
> > Owner/Farmer
> > Barking Cat Farm
> > Heath, Texas
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> >
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