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by simon
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Porcine Papillomavirus
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: Porcine Papillomavirus

This isn't something I have ever seen. If you can add a photo, that would be good so that everyone could see what you are talking about. There are a variety of (often innocent) reasons why pigs get lumps, so I would be wary of an internet diagnosis. The best thing would be to consult a vet. The BKKP...
by simon
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: African swine fever
Replies: 2
Views: 389

African swine fever

African swine fever (ASF), a virus that affects pigs and wild boar, has been identified in Belgium.
Read further guidance on the AHDB website.

https://ahdb.org.uk/knowledge-library/a ... wine-fever
by simon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BKKPS AGM 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 276

BKKPS AGM 2018

Details of The British Kunekune Pig Society's 2018 AGM are available on the website:
http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.u ... enews.aspx
by simon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Loving home needing a pig
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: Loving home needing a pig

Hi For practical information about housing , feeding etc: Read the articles here Buy a book(s) and pretty quickly you'll know all you need to get started. To help make the decision about whether its the right thing for you, which breed to get, how many etc there is no substitute for getting close to...
by simon
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Foxes
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Foxes

I think that even at a week old a piglet would make such a noise and wriggle so much that the fox would be scared off. I don't think you need to worry at all.
by simon
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Registering the progeny of pure but unregistered gilts
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Registering the progeny of pure but unregistered gilts

DNA testing does prove parentage. But it doesn't prove the breed of pig. I don't know many people prepared to breed 3, or the preferable 5, generations so that they could register offspring. But if you think its a good idea write an article for the newsletter, propose it at the AGM and persuade ever...
by simon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Registering the progeny of pure but unregistered gilts
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Registering the progeny of pure but unregistered gilts

The BKKPS only allows registrations & birth notifications where both parents are pedigree registered.
Also at 4 years old its not always easy to get them in-pig if they have not been breeding regularly.
by simon
Thu May 31, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: swollen belly
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: swollen belly

Sorry to hear your story. I think you need to immediately contact another vet, ring round until you find someone worthy of their profession. Whatever the problem is will certainly need medication that you would only be able to get through a vet; anti-inflammatory, pain killers and possibly antibioti...
by simon
Wed May 09, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: alopecia (hair loss)
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: alopecia (hair loss)

Hair loss is common in kunekunes. Once you have ruled out mange and other skin conditions then the treatment is pig oil and patience - it grows back. You will see quite a bit of discussion about it on this site and elsewhere. My boar is bald at the moment, it can take time to grow back but will even...
by simon
Wed May 09, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Large solid lump
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Large solid lump

The lump immediately sounds like a hernia. They happen, usually younger, but don't necessarily hurt. But if you've had a vet look he would have considered this and presumably decided that its not a hernia. So I would follow vets advice and leave it along unless it starts to cause pain.
by simon
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pricing piglets for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Pricing piglets for sale

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but the answer is 'it depends'. Rather than thinking of things that way round I would encourage you to think about how much they cost to you, and what price you need to sell them at for it to be sustainable. Many breeders have a price below which they will no...
by simon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Boris too big to get in should I keep him in garden or field now?
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: Boris too big to get in should I keep him in garden or field now?

The pig will continue to grow until it is about 3 years old. The fact that it was a runt at birth is no indication of its adult size - once it is removed from the litter and can get its full quota of food it will develop normally. At 7months I would not expect it to be as big as a full grown mastiff...
by simon
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Meat
Topic: Older pigs for meat
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

Re: Older pigs for meat

yes is the simple answer.
If they are particularly fat, then thats not ideal. Also the younger any animal is the more tender its meat will be. So older animals will tend to need slower cooking. For this reason a lot of people tend to butcher the younger stock and sausage the older ones.
by simon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: 2 years old, not breeding
Replies: 1
Views: 923

Re: 2 years old, not breeding

It does sound like your boar might not be up to the job. The best thing I could suggest is to separate him from the girls for a few weeks. Then put them in an adjoining area to see if he (or the girls) show any interest when they come into heat. If there is renewed interest then immediately put them...