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by simon
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Turning the ground
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Turning the ground

Make sure she has enough food. Not so much she gets fat, but she might be hungry. So hay, carrots, veg etc are good to nibble on. If you can roll the ground she is on to compact it down that will help, or put her somewhere where the ground is firmer. It definitely is a habit and can be learnt. Equal...
by simon
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding boar in first litter
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Re: Breeding boar in first litter

Only the best boars should be left intact. 99% should be castrated at a few weeks old. Whilst the sow and dam might be very good, theres no guarantee any of the boar piglets would be suitable for breeding. It may take a few litters before you can see the difference. Should you desperately feel you h...
by simon
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sore Piris
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Sore Piris

I've never seen an inflamed pire due to the pig lying on it.

You should be able to squeeze it with a bit of force before the pig complains. If its obviously tender, then it may be infected if its been injured in the past.

The most common cause or pire problems are being bitten by other pigs.
by simon
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fomerly best mates fighting!
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Fomerly best mates fighting!

This isn't something I have experienced, so I can only speculate. I have seen sows act like this when they are on heat. They get a hormone rush and 'hassle' poor castrates who are in no position to help out. We know from breeding records that 9years old is about the maximum age for a sow to conceive...
by simon
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buy gilt in pig
Replies: 1
Views: 414

Re: Buy gilt in pig

Move her as soon as possible, and take a bit more care and a lot more straw.

I'd say its generally not advisable to transport a pig thats due in 3weeks or less.
by simon
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily digest of posts
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: Daily digest of posts

You can get a list of any posts that are new since your last visit here. You need to be logged in.
by simon
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Ancestor Loss Coefficient & Relationship Coefficient
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Ancestor Loss Coefficient & Relationship Coefficient

The Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) is the main thing to look for. It tells you how closely related 2 pigs are, with a low number under 3% being good. This article is a good one to read. Few pigs have a COI of zero and theres nothing unusual with that in rare breed populations, so long as it doesn't...
by simon
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my piglet a wild boar
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Re: Is my piglet a wild boar

by simon
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding hay
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: Feeding hay

If they aren't eating good hay its a sure sign they are getting plenty of nuts.
by simon
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Registering a rescue pig!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 857

Re: Registering a rescue pig!!!

Hi, and welcome to the forum. First thing - do the pigs have ear tags you can read the numbers from? If so the registrar will be able to check the pedigree herdbook and issue new certificates if the pigs were originally registered. The offspring of two pedigree parents can be registered. If there ar...
by simon
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Pre Breeding Injection
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Pre Breeding Injection

Ivermectin seems quite popular
by simon
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Pre Breeding Injection
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Pre Breeding Injection

Ideally you should worm the sow about 3 weeks before farrowing. This will help the sow make the most of her food - as the piglets double in size during this period. But it will also help to minimise the uptake of worms after they are born and give them a good start in life. How much difference it ma...
by simon
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Photos for the Year Book Cover
Replies: 0
Views: 855

Photos for the Year Book Cover

Does anyone have any good photos for the covers of the 2017 Year Book?
by simon
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: At what point is it worth keeping a Boar?
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: At what point is it worth keeping a Boar?

I can't really answer for you if its worth having a boar. Its a personal decision based on your setup and circumstances.
Possibly you are better off having a first litter and seeing how it goes.
by simon
Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: At what point is it worth keeping a Boar?
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: At what point is it worth keeping a Boar?

The main thing to think about is handling the boar. Kunekunes are fairly docile compared to other breeds, but an intact boar will still get more 'alpha male' than a castrate and you need to consider this if you have kids or visitors around. You just can't leave them wandering around other people in ...