|The pigs fight to be in the path of the chips. They come out of the truck slowly; no danger to the critters|
It's the same sort of materials that people buy in pet stores in 3 to 9 cubic foot bales, I just get it in bulk. This sawdust won't ever leave the farm; it'll serve as bedding, and then it'll serve as feedstock for the compost pile, providing a good ration of carbon, which is the key to having compost that doesn't smell.
|65 cubic yards at a time, delivered right to the barn|
In bedding areas I put down 12 to 24"; start with 12, and watch the bedding. In places where its getting wet, I'll put more. Every month or so I'll herd the pigs to one side of the barn and turn over the bedding; bring fresh to the surface, bury the manure. As I do this it'll start to compost, and that composting action below the surface will heat the top dry layer.
So when its cold, like it is now, I'll come into the barn and see just the snouts of the pigs sticking out. Everyone warm in their blanket.