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by simon
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my piglet a wild boar
Replies: 1
Views: 4998

Re: Is my piglet a wild boar

by simon
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding hay
Replies: 5
Views: 3572

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: 5167

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: 2213

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: 2213

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: 5785

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: 2907

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: 2907

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 ...
by simon
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding Questions!
Replies: 4
Views: 2601

Re: Breeding Questions!

A kune's bloodline (or surname if you prefer) is inherited from the parents. Males get the bloodline from their father and females from their mother. Thats not to say that all pigs with the same bloodline are related, they aren't necessarily, or at least not in the past 5 generations - which is what...
by simon
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding Questions!
Replies: 4
Views: 2601

Re: Breeding Questions!

I never put a gilt to the boar until she is at least a year old - sometimes more. After that you need to select your desired birthdate and work backwards. When you send her away it will be for a 3week stay. The castrate will get lonely, but nothing that a little extra tlc won't cure. As far as selec...
by simon
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: registerations
Replies: 1
Views: 5227

Re: registerations

I can see other notifications coming through.
If you are having trouble please email website@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk with some details and ideally a screenshot of the problems you are having.
by simon
Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dead and Sickly Piglets
Replies: 6
Views: 3176

Re: Dead and Sickly Piglets

You can ear tag at any age. It does seem mean doing it at such a young age, but better that than not knowing who is who - and it is so easy to lose track if they are all of a similar colour. The sow will need nuts, she can't eat enough grass in a day to maintain herself. Its hard to say if you are f...
by simon
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dead and Sickly Piglets
Replies: 6
Views: 3176

Re: Dead and Sickly Piglets

Sometimes for piglets its just not meant to be. They can be born with any number of conditions of the heart, liver etc - as can humans - that mean they don't always survive growing up in the brutal world of a litter which is designed to filter out the weak. It doesn't sound like you have any disease...
by simon
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Companion needed for "Pig"?
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

Re: Companion needed for "Pig"?

Pigs certainly like company and shouldn't really be kept alone, so a companion would be a good idea. If this pig is 10 years old then maybe it only has a few years or so left - so you need to think before taking on another younger pig who might then get left alone. Any chance of a photo, I am curious?
by simon
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Training pigs to place their droppings in one place
Replies: 1
Views: 5207

Re: Training pigs to place their droppings in one place

Some seem more keen to do this than others. Certainly when bad habits are established you are unlikely to have much success in changing the behaviour later. But I think the most important thing to help them learn this behaviour is to move any muck into a heap rather than removing it. If the 'bed' ar...