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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: 92

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: 125

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: 94

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...
by simon
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Turning the ground
Replies: 2
Views: 451

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: 437

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: 192

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: 843

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: 619

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: 606

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: 307

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: 765

Re: Is my piglet a wild boar

by simon
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding hay
Replies: 4
Views: 796

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: 1082

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: 554

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: 554

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...