If you are going to raise pigs on pasture, and move them frequently, you have to solve the shelter problem. It's not something people talk about all that often, and as a result, I have had to sort of reinvent the wheel every time I go to build a new shelter after my other one is either destroyed, or just way too tedious to try to move.
The above video describes the shelter I've landed on, and I think, based on the performance so far, this one is going to stick.
For the build you will need the following:
- 2 12' 2X6's
- 2 8' 2x6's
- 2 16' Cattle panels (cut down to acquire the desired height and strength).
- 2 strips of plywood cut to 6-8' and 6-8" wide.
- 2 8" (or larger) steel lawnmower wheels.
- 2 1/2"x4-6" Carriage Bolts (for the wheels)
- 6 4-6" Carriage Bolts (To attach the plywood.)
- 6 Corner Braces (could be anything)
- 4-6" lag screws (thickness could vary)
- Tarp, shade cloth, or other covering
The actual assembly is pretty straightforward and simple. The visual above should make it clear.
This shelter should house 6-10 market hogs pretty comfortably (pigs like to sleep in piles). We do 1 shelter for about every 10 pigs.
The below is what the shelter looks like in its winter paddock (before they go out to pasture) when covered with cut up 1-ton feed sacks. You could also use tarps, metal, shade cloth (in the heat of summer), some combination of those, or whatever seems to work.