One thing that people don't really realize is that raising small numbers of swine isn't new, or novel. It's only in the last 30 years that you started to see confinement hog barns and hog "units" that numbered their animals in the thousands.
So there's actually a really good body of plans and drawings for all sorts of hog related items. Feeders, waterers, farrowing crates and so on that are constructed of wood or metal or a mix of the two.
If you're interested in becoming more self sufficient, building your own equipment is one way to do that -- and for less dollars, too.
You'll find a link to a site with plans for all sorts of cool swine accessories here, courtesy of North Dakota State university.
I think I'll be building a feeder on skids and a farrowing crate from these plans.
If you know of similar resources somewhere, please do post a link.
9 hours ago