‘E-HUT’ Farrowing Plans and Pix
This page of graphics is an adjunct to the farrowing-in-huts discussion in Over
the Back Fence. Here's how this discussion got started. Tom
Frantzen, a farmer in northeast Iowa bought a computer and emailed some of
his friends and associates:
10 years ago I cut up my farrowing crates and decided to return to a traditional
farrowing practice. I have always pasture farrowed in different versions of wood
and steel huts. I replaced the crates with a gated pen settup. After building
hoop buildings in 1997 I became interested in farrowing in hoops. I built a
modified version of the "Henry County Illinois" in 1998. I farrowed in
these huts in hoops, on pasture and in heated buildings since then. This
November I designed a different version of wood farrowing hut. This model was
placed into immediate service in a heated building. At present I am very pleased
with this design.
I would like to create an informal group of like minded hog farmers who want to
pursue traditional farrowing practices. I am sending this message to the people
that I think may have such interest. If you want to be on this list let me know.
If you have no interest in being involved say so. I would like to call the group
I have rough diagrams of the latest hut design that I can fax to you. In a few
weeks I will have a scanner and then pictures of huts can be sent by computer.
Let me know your thoughts. Tom Frantzen.