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Guide to Tocal

Pig sty

Pigs were an important part of the food cycle as they were fed scraps from the house, ate vegetables in oversupply and drank skim milk from the dairy. Following the slaughter of other animals, pigs were fed the waste or offal. In Australia it is now illegal to feed waste animal products to livestock because of the risk of disease.

This pigsty was reconstructed in 2000 based on remnants of the original sty and old photographs. The pigs were housed here overnight and allowed to run onto the flats below the Homestead during the day.

Old-style pig troughs were traditionally made from hollow logs. Hollow logs were also used on farms as water and feed troughs, garden pots, dog kennels and culvert pipes.

photo of pig sty