I've talked about it before but is one of those questions I get asked a lot as a pig farmer. So here are the top 3 reasons why we raise our pigs in barns.
1. Climate control
By raising our pigs in barns, we are able to control their climate and most importantly the temperature of the barn. This is critical during the winter especially ones like we've had this year and last year in Indiana. On Friday, our kids were on a 2 hour delay due to the temperatures and wind chills. Thankfully our pigs were living it up in their 70 degree barns. This 70 degree temperature is also important during the summer months when we approach 3 digit temperatures in Indiana.
2. Protection from the elements
By raising our pigs in barns, we are able to protect them from the elements such as rain, sleet, ice, snow, and hail. Just since Sunday, we've had about 7 inches of snow followed by some rain today. Our pigs didn't have to get wet or cold once thanks to our barns.
3. Protection from predators
Pigs are a prey species and are often preyed upon by coyotes which seem to be more and more prevalent in our area. By raising our pigs in barns, we are able to keep them away from the predators.
Every day, every decision we make on our farm is about providing the best care possible to our pigs. Our pigs are our top priority. We truly feel blessed to be able to raise our pigs in barns as our families used to raise pigs outdoors and it wasn't always fun... especially this time of year. My Papa passed away almost 25 years ago. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of how excited he would be to see us raising pigs in climate controlled barns.