Kathy PetersenKeeping your livestock safe – whether KuneKunes or other livestock – is of grave importance. We are their safe keepers. Keeping them in their environment and predators out is a commitment, we, as the head of the herds, take very seriously. Being able to afford new fencing and buildings can be quite expensive. We have had to be very “creative” in making our environment safe and cost effective.  

KuneKune Piglets

In this blog entry, we will share with you what has worked for us as alternatives to the normal type of housing and fencing. When we were first getting into raising KuneKunes and doing our “homework,” a breeder told me to “Put up the best, strongest fence that you can afford.” Those words have stuck with me from the beginning. It was great advice.

KuneKune Piglet at 3 weeks

The fencing alone can be expensive but, when you add in the poles, insulators and all the other hardware, it can really add up. I must give total credit to my husband, who came up with fencing using pallets. They are strong and tough. It creates a very rustic look and it appealed to me as we are surrounded by woods and are in the country. We have used not only regular pallets through the woods but, you can also get pallets that have a space between the boards making it look like a regular wooden fence.

We have also used cattle field fencing in areas that I wanted to be able to see into easily and also for the animals to be able to see out as well. With Kunes, they can push under a fence with their strong snouts fairly easily, and to solve that we have nailed dead trees to the bottom making it impossible to pick them up. Other than for firewood what other purpose can these be used for after all. 

1/16/2015 2:08:13 AM

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11/18/2014 9:12:13 AM

Kathy, I too have discovered the diversity of using pallets for fencing and many other things to come. I want to build a shed for storing garden tools at my garden that's about 20 minutes from my house. I find pallets galore on Craig's list. It's practically an unlimited supply. The possibilities for repurposing pallets is endless, don't you think? Have a great pallet repurposing/pig raising day.

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