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    Iron Age pigs

    Does anyone have any good advice on keeping iron age pigs (Tamworth and wild boar)
    there going into a wood eventually but for a few weeks stopping in a barn.
    hope can be of help
    all the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe.222 View Post
    Does anyone have any good advice on keeping iron age pigs (Tamworth and wild boar)
    there going into a wood eventually but for a few weeks stopping in a barn.
    hope can be of help
    all the best
    Get a DWA License and get Wild Boar instead !!

    Regards

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe.222 View Post
    Does anyone have any good advice on keeping iron age pigs (Tamworth and wild boar)
    there going into a wood eventually but for a few weeks stopping in a barn.
    hope can be of help
    all the best
    I used to keep free range Tamworths in some woodland, they did not require or benefit from the energy rich foods that commercial hybrids need and were athletic enough to escape from any weaknesses in their fencing. Presumably much the same applies to the "Iron Age" cross breed.

    atb Tim

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    PITA to get the bristles off after slaughter. Pure tamworth just as bad.

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    Keeping them in can be the hardest part they are less flighty than wild boar dont jump as bad but as previously posted are veritable houdini's when it comes to breaking out. Never seems to happen when you have all day to deal with it but always when your dressed to go out or late for an appointment or you get a call when at work.Really good strained rylock fence with a couple of mains electric wires is pretty good but they will bull doze a ramp and bury bottom wire and will know if the fence is off and breakout. One good though pretty ugly solution is to make boundary fence from corr iron sheets screwed to post and rail fence but still will need the electric to stop them digging out. One cheaper solution i know works is to set up a large feed hopper( preferably suspended or secured up between two strainers ) in the middle of their ground and have it set to spin out a small amount of grain every 30mins-1hr in total approx half a daily ration . This will keep them occupied happily rooting and they soon respond to the noise. They are creatures of habit and one sure way to have them break out is to sleep in and be late giving them brekky. Hope you have fun with them.

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    Well i think pitlliedon has said most of it.
    We kept some 'iron age' pigs a few years ago, never again!!!!
    As said you need a GOOD electric fence, and check it every day.
    Once they learn to escape it becomes fun for them, and harder and harder to catch them.
    It ended up with us having to shoot the last few.
    Good luck.

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    Bought the pigs today and in a stable for a few days till get set up will let you all know how I get on

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