NPF is suited to all sizes and types of pig operation

  Can be small scale and basic

 

 Can be large scale and modern

The buildings can be small or large, rustic or modern in design

Pretty much any building design to house your pigs can be used for natural pig farming. Buildings can be designed to house few or many pigs, be small or large, use basic or high tech materials, be rudimentary or sophisticated in design and operation. The pig buildings I use by choice in my pig operation, photographs of which you will see throughout this website, are basic and rustic in design. They are low cost to build, require basic building skills (so I, my family and friends are able to build ourselves) and use low cost natural materials (wood) and basic manufactured materials (corrugated steel roofs). If you prefer something more modern that's fine.  

The key elements of a NPF housing design

The natural pig farming pig houses are designed to maximize the health and well-being of the pigs. Key elements include:

  • Roofing that provides shelter from rain and direct sun
  • Open sides for exposure to outside air (and cooling breezes where climate is hot and during hot seasons). Dependent in climate the building can be designed with no sides, or with retractable sides that can be raised or lowered as necessary.
  • Open ventilation in roof to promote air flow - where large scale pig production is taking place.

Public health authorities may blanche at the idea of open sided buildings. The environment in today’s factory farms is so laden with deadly bacteria, virus’s and sickness that the farms are more like biological warfare germ agent development facilities. As such, many factory farm buildings are like sealed vacumns with elaborate bio-security measures for people entering and leaving the factory. But the natural pig farming deep bed litter system and stocking densities promotes a naturally healthy environment and the open sided building actually prevent the build up of dangerous pathagons. The fact that something as innocuous as raising pigs is considered such a public health threat says much about just how wrong our food production models have become. Wrong for the pigs inside who must live in the environment where bacteria and virus’s are actively attacking the pigs immune system whilst gaining anti-biotic resistance and wrong for the population at large who must live with the risk of a swine flu pandemic these factory farms will eventually succeed on unleashing on the people of the world.

Factory farming buildings are expensive

Factory farming buildings are complex and expensive compared to natural pig farming buildings. With no opens sides you have the additional cost of building materials for the walls, and the need for ventilation and fan systems. And with need for systems to deal with the pig excreta you will need to put in expensive waste handling systems. 

Natural pig farming v factory farming

Pig housing

Natural pig farming

Factory farming

Design enhances health of pigs

Yes

No

Open to clean, fresh air

Yes

No

Open to sunlight

Yes

No

Open to cooling breezes

Yes

No

Natural ventilation and air circulation

Yes

No

 

The better way to raise pigs