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by repatexpat
Thu May 12, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Castrating Piglets
Replies: 18
Views: 13235

Re: Castrating Piglets

A follow-on question: if castrated late, does the circulating testosterone result in sexual differentiation and behavioural differences compared to earlier castration?
by repatexpat
Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fencing
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: fencing

New plants in the garden so it's now imperative that the youngest pigs are trained to electric fence so that we can rope off a grazing area below vegetables. I'm concerned about associating a new area with the learning experience (they then might not want to venture out?) so is it best to erect the ...
by repatexpat
Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Ground elder okay for pigs?
Replies: 0
Views: 598

Ground elder okay for pigs?

We are clearing ground elder and I've been asked if the shoots & leaves can be fed to our KKs.
Ground elder is in the same family as parsnips which can cause mouth ulcers.
Anyone have experience of feeding to pigs?
by repatexpat
Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Avoiding in-breeding
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: Avoiding in-breeding

Your new feature is terrific, Simon. Glad that I have just a few numbers of females and possible males to play with as it's seductive!
by repatexpat
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Elimination of worms post Noromectin injection
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: Elimination of worms post Noromectin injection

Thanks, Sam. I think worms continued to be evident in stool for longer than 5+4 days but now there's no sign so not worried. Perhaps weaning a bit late allowed a greater build up of worms, so took a bit longer to clear.
by repatexpat
Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Elimination of worms post Noromectin injection
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Elimination of worms post Noromectin injection

Litter received post-weaning worming injection on 07Jan. For how long might one expect to continue to see worms eliminated in faeces? Thanks!
by repatexpat
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Estimating weight and assessing age/size when gilt is big en
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Estimating weight and assessing age/size when gilt is big en

Someone with "5 pigs, one is a boar so I'd like her for breeding" is interested in buying my remaining 10.5 month old gilt left from Sep14 litter. Is a there a rule of thumb for minimum age and/or height girth and/or length at which a gilt is big enough to breed from (I've no idea what she weighs as...
by repatexpat
Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fencing
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: fencing

Thanks, Karen! In the absence of pallets, if the goal is to have a visual barrier, do you think it would work to make an enclosure with hurdles, draping these with opaque cloth/plastic? If, however, the outer structure needs to be impervious to pigs, I'll have to figure out an alternative (hurdles n...
by repatexpat
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fencing
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: fencing

Any advice for a non-traumatic way to introduce a young pig (3.5 months) to electric fence (white wire rope). She'll be in with two 10 month old pigs that are deeply respectful (won't cross where there has been rope previously!) of the voltage.

TIA!
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by repatexpat
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Unwell weaner
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Unwell weaner

Weaner up and about this morning. Slightly reduced appetite but eating.

For the future, would like to offer pig newbees a vet recommendation if available. Thanks!
by repatexpat
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Unwell weaner
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Unwell weaner

Any recommendations for a large animal/pig vet near Wolverhampton?
TIA!
by repatexpat
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Unwell weaner
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Unwell weaner

New pig owners (bought two of our gilts 12 days ago; will be 3 months old 20Dec) have just written: one of the pigs is not its self just been down to them to feed them and the one pig wouldn't move or come out the hut and it hasn't touched any of its food and keeps lifting its tail as if it's going ...
by repatexpat
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Locking piglets in at night
Replies: 4
Views: 1236

Re: Locking piglets in at night

Found a few related threads on The Accidental Smallholder. Have yet to find a safe-from-foxes target weight but it seems that locking the sow and piglets in at night might need to continue until piglets are 6-8 weeks (and/or weaned). Any more specifics gratefully received. Cheers!
by repatexpat
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Locking piglets in at night
Replies: 4
Views: 1236

Locking piglets in at night

Another newbee question: We've been locking piglets and sow in the shed at night, just for 8 hours at the beginning, now up to a 12 hour night. The sow is often reluctant to come in (but will with an apple!). Now that the piglets are almost 5 weeks old and the smallest is ~5kg, is it okay to just le...
by repatexpat
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Boar Piglets Te Whangi/Awakino lines
Replies: 6
Views: 2521

Re: Castration relative to age and to weight

This is my first litter so generally uncertain. When I phoned our local large animal vet to book castrations, he was reluctant to do the op at the recommended age of 2-3 weeks because he said it was harder if they are small (this may be because he was intending to do an open castration, which I now ...