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by AmandaR
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hard skin/ callouses
Replies: 4
Views: 2855

Thanks all. Armour is certainly what it feels like! The testosterone point was very handy, Wendy, as it will explain why Elvis's castrated companion doesn't have the same thing. Once again, thanks.

Joe & Amanda
by AmandaR
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hard skin/ callouses
Replies: 4
Views: 2855

Hard skin/ callouses

Over the last couple of months our 20 month old full boar has developed some large hard areas from his shoulder and down his flank on both sides. None of our other pigs have ever had anything like this. His shoulders have become much broader & I had initially put this down to his maturing but now I ...
by AmandaR
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hair loss coat colour
Replies: 7
Views: 4584

I have two sisters, one is Black and coarse haired and has lost quite a bit of hair this year, we thought she was out of condition after a large litter. Her sister was dark ginger striped as a piglet and has gone 'black' is coarse haired and hasn't lost hair this year although she too had a large li...
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Official Colours - gold tip?
Replies: 4
Views: 3323

We had brown and white spotty ones this year and the dark spots were obviously stripy in the sun.

We also bought ginger/brown striped pigs in the first place and we thought they were beautiful so the Kune circles can frown all they like! Janis still gets lighter in the summer. :lol:

Amanda
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Digging
Replies: 11
Views: 6373

Ours dig in their enclosure and don't dig when we let them out into the field. Our friends down the road have two who are always allowed out and they don't dig at all. So maybe space and quantity of grazing is a factor? Amanda
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is marking of pigs essential once they are 1 year old?
Replies: 5
Views: 3352

In regard to public liability, I used a website called simply business and arranged insurance via them with Norwich Union, they charged ?150. This is specifically for the animals and not combined in with our home or contents insurance. Hope this helps. Amanda
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tails
Replies: 4
Views: 3278

When we got our first pigs we were told that they had curly tails when they were NOT happy. Happily ours are mostly straight most of the time?!
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ear Tags
Replies: 7
Views: 5184

We never ear tag unless they are going to the abbatoir and then we put a metal one in the night before (saves them being pulled out in scuffles) all my BKKPS ones are safely in a file with all my paperwork.
by AmandaR
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pig Oil
Replies: 9
Views: 10363

Hi, We just bought a big can (5 litre?) cost us ?18 from our local feed suppliers, they had to order it in for us though.
by AmandaR
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Exact gestation
Replies: 7
Views: 5208

We have a 5 month old accidental entire who has a date with destiny in a few weeks. He is kept in with the big boy and his castrated companion till his time comes to avoid unwanted complications. Over the weekend when there was an 18 month old gilt on her first date in the next paddock this randy te...
by AmandaR
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Cutting teeth
Replies: 6
Views: 5252

Glad there's a concensus on this. Been asked a couple of times about cutting the tusks before studding: didn't fancy the idea and over the years we've never suffered from pig bites. Chicken feet, esp cock spurs are a different matter.
by AmandaR
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Erysipelas Vaccine
Replies: 6
Views: 7030

Our vet is very friendly and understanding to the ways of the smallholder. He is happy to supply preloaded syringes when we only need to vaccinate a few pigs. My best advice? Ask: they can only say no & it can save you money!
by AmandaR
Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Litters
Topic: Piglets Wanted - Kent
Replies: 3
Views: 3062

Wendy,

I'm so sorry, she was recommend to me by Dean, she seemed really nice. Im sorry it's been a wild goose chase for you. What a pain, but thank you so much for trying to help out.
by AmandaR
Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Piglets Wanted - Kent
Replies: 3
Views: 3062

Piglets Wanted - Kent

I have had an enquiry that I am unable to fill for a young castrated boar and a gilt. The prospective buyer would like registered pigs with good personalities. She lives in Kent, but doesn't mind travelling to collect. She would prefer them to be young, 8-10 weeks old. If anyone has anything suitabl...
by AmandaR
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stud Fees
Replies: 5
Views: 3526

Hi Di, We are in the South of Lincolnshire. I get so many enquiries where they have to think about it once we get to talk money, they always seem to need to consult with their other half at that point! Wendy, I'll bear in mind the scarcity of stud over here, Ihave an enquiry at the moment and we had...