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by HappyHippy
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Season
Replies: 3
Views: 2183

Re: Season

Every pig will vary, but it can be as young as 3-4 months. However it's best to wait til they are a good bit older before even thinking about breeding (if that's why you're wondering) - best if they don't farrow until they're at least a year old. I'm sure others will have different experiences to ad...
by HappyHippy
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 2640

Re: Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland

Hopefully this link to my flickr photo's will work - more photo's to come :wink:
Karen
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manicmummy ... otostream/
by HappyHippy
Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 2640

Re: Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland

Sorry Simon - of course you need pictures. I don't normally manage to post them :roll: , so if this doesn't work please pm me and I can email one to you. This might not be the actual boar - it's just a quick pic to show what they look like generally (they kept moving and I had the kids all around me...
by HappyHippy
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Litters
Topic: Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 2640

Stunning breed quality boar - Lanark, Scotland

Hi folks, From my most recent litter of kunekunes I have an absolutely stunning little fella - normally I'd get them all routinely castrated by the vet @ 6 weeks, but this wee guy would be wasted as a castrate :cry: So this is his change to escape the knife and find a good breeding home :wink: He's ...
by HappyHippy
Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: erispeilis injections
Replies: 13
Views: 6533

Re: erispeilis injections

Vetmeds direct do send the vaccine packed with loads of those little gell filled chill packs - I always get it the day after ordering (though possibly because they're in Scotland too :wink: ) so I've never had a problem that way. I know there is/has been lots of discussion on whether you can store t...
by HappyHippy
Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: erispeilis injections
Replies: 13
Views: 6533

Re: erispeilis injections

I either buy from Holmfield Farm services in York or vet meds direct (website) it's around £17 per bottle.
HTH
Karen
by HappyHippy
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: erispeilis injections
Replies: 13
Views: 6533

Re: erispeilis injections

Hi Pedro, Erysepilas is nothing to do with worming. Your noromectin is for worming and covers internal & external parasites. I'd worm the sow around 4 weeks before farrowing, and the piglets around 8 weeks or at weaning (but you'll need a seperate bottle as it won't keep for 3 months once you've ope...
by HappyHippy
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: new pig
Replies: 4
Views: 3038

Re: new pig

Just to add to what Pandora has said, it's good practice to keep all new stock in isolation for a while before introducing them to your herd (ideally 21 days) this is important to ensure new pigs aren't carrying any diseases that could be passed on to your other pigs. Too late this time round obviou...
by HappyHippy
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Meetings
Topic: Celebrate sausage week with the Scottish Pig Keepers Ass
Replies: 0
Views: 1771

Celebrate sausage week with the Scottish Pig Keepers Ass

To celebrate Sausage week 2011, the Scottish Pig Keepers Association are holding a barn dance & bonfire on Saturday 5th of November, start time 7pm. The event will be at Woodend Farm, Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 8EX. We will be having a ceilidh band and pig racing (not with real pigs - but our version is...
by HappyHippy
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Meat
Topic: kunes for meat
Replies: 13
Views: 7996

I completely forgot to post that info ! I took a 10 month gilt last time. The deadweight was 38Kg and I actually ended up with 33Kg of pork & sausages (and we did all the processing outselves, so it wasn't a mix up at the butcher :wink: ) So they must have lighter bone structure than most pigs (OSB'...
by HappyHippy
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Meat
Topic: kunes for meat
Replies: 13
Views: 7996

The abattior I go to charges £18.50 for the slaughter and the butcher charges 80p per kilo (of the deadweight - which is about 80% of the liveweight) for butchery. But some butchers do charge a flat fee per pig and the prices can vary greatly, as can the quality of the cutting :roll: It's definately...
by HappyHippy
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Meat
Topic: kunes for meat
Replies: 13
Views: 7996

Like Di, I've been experimenting :wink: The pork is lovely, every bit as good as 'big' pigs and the cuts aren't actually that much smaller, but you do need to be careful not to overfeed or it will be very fatty. Aim for around 50Kg liveweight (around 8-10 months in the case of entire boars) Mine run...
by HappyHippy
Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: stanleys poorley eye again! help!
Replies: 4
Views: 2294

It sounds like conjunctivitus (sorry, my spelling is BAD today :roll: ) and some drops or cream will clear it up quite quickly - STOP with the salty water though, it hurts like hell ! I would also say to get the vet to check it because the chances of trauma to the cornea is very high (especially if ...
by HappyHippy
Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help please... Gilts fighting
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

What I normally do with new pigs (once they've done their isolation period) is to give them all a spray of something strong smelling (tea tree oil, antiseptic, even body spray would do if you've nothing else :wink: ) and I think it helps - could make no difference right enough, but I always do it an...
by HappyHippy
Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: worming advice...?
Replies: 4
Views: 2009

You can also buy a worm count kit from an internet company called Supplies for Smallholders for around ?10. I've used them and can vouch that they are reputable (but am not on commission :wink: ) They send you a little pot into which you pop a 'sample' and send it off, they post you the results. Sim...