Piglets that are weaned in the warmer, drier months are moved onto pasture or woodland. However, in the wetter part of the year the pigs dig more, creating large areas of bare soil which are vulnerable to erosion. Rain washes away vital nutrients and carbon escapes from the soil into the atmosphere.
To prevent this, we move many of our young pigs inside for the winter into spacious sheds, where they are used to create compost from cow dung. Digging through the manure keeps the pigs active and aerates the dung, encouraging microbes to break it down into compost. The compost is then spread on the fields where it increases soil organic matter, locking carbon into the soil and encouraging more plant growth.