Operation

 

The first several years of operation will be the most expensive and the most labor-intensive. Fencing and barn building will be the focus of our efforts. As The Preserve is ￿built out￿ and pigs begin to arrive in increasing numbers, our focus will slowly but inexorably shift from building to maintenance and to the daily care of the animals in residence at The Preserve.

 

There will be at least one caretaker on The Preserve at all times. At no time will the animals or the facility be left unattended.

 

We hope there will be a steady supply of volunteers and interns to augment the labor force at The Preserve. Hiring local labor will be outside of the scope of what we can afford. The Preserve will offer 4-8 week live-in internships to individuals and universities for those wishing to work at The Preserve, study our operation and learn more about the animals. Longer internships will be available on a case-by-case basis and as openings are available. If past experience is any indication, internships will be fairly popular and scheduling may have to be done several months in advance.

 

Quarantine facilities for pigs coming to The Preserve will be located off of the facility. We will build and maintain a small quarantine facility at The Preserve for the occasional use by Preserve pigs; for the observation of pigs with suspected medical problems; or for the treatment and recuperation of pigs suffering minor injuries or ailments, which are not severe enough to warrant moving the pig to a veterinary medical facility or to the sanctuary for care.

 

A dedicated feed storage facility will be constructed once shelters for the animals have been completed. Since our goal is to feed a supplement of whole grains with no additives or preservatives, the feed storage facility will have to be constructed so as to maximize air flow, reduce interior humidity and moisture, reduce the possibility of rodent and insect infestation and must be set up in such a way that large quantities of feed can be delivered and handled efficiently. The feed storage facility will be constructed in the ￿buffer zone￿ so that deliveries can be made and feed can be handled in an area where the pigs are not allowed; but close enough to the pig access areas so that feed can be moved from storage to the feeding areas quickly and efficiently with a minimum of handling. Our policy is to store feed for no longer than 3 weeks during the summer months and no longer than one month during the winter months to prevent spoilage or possible contamination.

 

-In a traditional sanctuary environment, the caregivers are in almost constant contact with the animals. Frequently, the animals must adjust their lives to the schedule of the caretakers. At The Preserve, human intervention will be limited to the minimum necessary to provide care for the animals. And we will schedule our activities around the pigs. Caretaker intervention into the daily lives of the animals will be as quiet and unobtrusive as we can make it. Our long-term plans call for us to forsake the use of tractors, four wheeled utility vehicles and other mechanized equipment (except for necessary farm work and needed repairs) and use horses or mules to patrol the fence lines and monitor the health and safety of the animals living at The Preserve.