Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
We're getting our first two pigs, and we're planning to use the Pig Quik Fence sold by Premier1 fencing. It's a temporary, electric fence--sort of a netting material. We have 22 acres of woods and our plan is to move the pigs around to forage and help clear some of the undergrowth.
I love the idea of moving the pigs around to graze but from my experience, they will figure out something about the fence after a week or two and test you. Pigs are smart and any place its not touching the ground, or any break in the shocking (yes - they will figure out its got a moment of shock and a moment no shock) and they will perplex you to no end.
My advise - keep a backup fence system ready. We use tractors for our pot bellies, which get moved daily and we hot-wired it on top of that. So far, its been the only way we can rotationally graze them. If we had a bigger breed of hog, then I would go with the highest volt that the fence would allow.
I've seen stationary fencing that will hold them but its the moving them around that makes it tricky. Goats are the same problem - they test everything.
We just use two single strands of electric wire hooked up to a solar charger and we've not had an escape yet. They test it every now and then with their snout and realize that it is still working and leave it be. We are only covering 12 acres of pasture area, no trees along the immediate perimeter. Good luck!
We just finished raising our two pigs with the fencing you mentioned. It worked great for us. Our pigs were in the woods and we moved them when they had eliminated the greenery, vines, etc. I had one scare with the fencing - we tested it and realized it didn't have enough voltage. We had it hooked up to the solar charger and because it was close to the woods also, the direct sunlight wasn't hitting it. We bought a black cord (don't remember what it's called - TSC) and moved the SC into the yard where the sunlight would hit it more directly. Luckily, it took care of the problem and we were back in business. I think as long as you make sure it is pulling a full charge, they don't want to get near it and stay in the area you provide. We used two of the fences. Good luck!