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by repatexpat
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Locking piglets in at night
Replies: 4
Views: 4552

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: 4552

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: 7
Views: 7113

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 ...
by repatexpat
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Incidence of hernia's in kunekune boars
Replies: 10
Views: 7840

Re: Incidence of hernia's in kunekune boars

I've read what I could find on the Board castration and hernias. Before I phone our local large animal vet again, can someone confirm that a closed castration requires full anaesthetic whereas an open castration doesn't? When I spoke to him last week, the vet implied that just a local was used, so I...
by repatexpat
Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Birth notification: colour; piri
Replies: 2
Views: 3792

Re: Birth notification: colour; piri

Thanks for this, Simon. Once I've identified a place to store these and other photos, I will provide links. Based on your explanation, I think we can discount TRI for our piglets. Don't feel confident with the colours we'll record on the litter notification as the agouti markings are still prominent...
by repatexpat
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Birth notification: colour; piri
Replies: 2
Views: 3792

Birth notification: colour; piri

Converted from GOS to KKs last year, buying a sow with piglets at foot. Just had a fantastic first experience of farrowing, now time for the paperwork. Two questions: :?: 1. Colour: compared to my B/W sow (boar is CR) first impression is that most are W/B. Closer inspection shows that many/all have ...
by repatexpat
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Novel food source: Sago pondweed
Replies: 0
Views: 2599

Novel food source: Sago pondweed

Clearing a pond of green vegetation (we think sago pondweed) and it seems such a waste to toss it. Is anything growing in a freshwater pond likely to be dangerous to either a pregnant sow (due in September) or two weaners (2-3 months old).
Thanks!
by repatexpat
Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Postlip Pigs 1st Anniversary
Replies: 2
Views: 2126

Postlip Pigs 1st Anniversary

What a beautiful day. Hope it's okay to post a bit of fun on the Discussion board :D
http://vimeo.com/98795740
by repatexpat
Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Clarification about new BKKPS ear tags
Replies: 3
Views: 2349

Re: Clarification about new BKKPS ear tags

Thanks, Simon! No urgency to order if I have to use the old tag for Celeste -- I won't have piglet ears needing tags until the autumn (cross-fingers). I now see that adding the UK prefix to the herd mark effectively makes the new format unique (but I'll wait to see if there are other comments about ...
by repatexpat
Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Clarification about new BKKPS ear tags
Replies: 3
Views: 2349

Clarification about new BKKPS ear tags

Sorry to be dim but want to double-check details before ordering the new tags from Allflex. For reference our herdmark = GJ3032. In the newsletter, it states that the new KK "tag number will be in the format UK1234-0001". Q1: Is "UK" a replacement for "GJ" in our DEFRA herd mark or should the "GJ" b...
by repatexpat
Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Silage and Hay: delivery and amounts
Replies: 2
Views: 3630

Re: Silage and Hay: delivery and amounts

Thanks for all the new-to-me info, Simon. Will negotiate with neighbour to collect once or twice a week (store in sealed bucket?). Cheers! V
by repatexpat
Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Silage and Hay: delivery and amounts
Replies: 2
Views: 3630

Silage and Hay: delivery and amounts

Enjoyed meeting those attending the lively AGM last month and I want to be sure that our KKs are fed as well as we were! Not much left in the paddock where we keep a 2.5 y.o. sow and her three 7 m.o. gilt-weaners. This article recommends silage (which I hope to get from neighbouring farmer): http://...
by repatexpat
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kunekune showing entries needed in Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 3115

Re: Kunekune showing entries needed in Scotland

How awful -- heat-stroke/suffocation a horrible way to go! It's as much the towing vehicle as the trailer that I'm thinking about. While it would be fun to extend human inter-actions, perhaps the joy from daily domestic interactions with our four KKs is sufficient and I'll continue with the occasion...
by repatexpat
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kunekune showing entries needed in Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 3115

Re: Kunekune showing entries needed in Scotland

Thanks, Sam. Forgot that the side-gates double as access gates across the opening. :roll:
Hmm, with all that custom work necessary to make a van compliant, perhaps a trailer is more economical!
by repatexpat
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kunekune showing entries needed in Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 3115

Somewhat related to shows

Looking at affordable transportation to/from shows and stud visits and trying to understand the rules as outlined in the DEFRA publication on pig transportation. While a livestock trailer is optimal, as long as the animal is safe and comfortable and provided with an access ramp of no more than 36.4%...