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by Darrell
Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: sugarbeet shreds
Replies: 10
Views: 9882

Sugar beet is a plant grown by farmers in the u.k the top leaves are used as animal feed and the roots are processed into sugar. For animals you will find it sold as shreds or nuts at your local feed mill.
by Darrell
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: sugarbeet shreds
Replies: 10
Views: 9882

Mine have pig nuts for breakfast and sugar beet with fruit and veg in the afternoon.They still have plenty of grazing at the moment.I have to do the sugar beet for my goats so the pigs get some too :D
by Darrell
Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: sugarbeet shreds
Replies: 10
Views: 9882

I personally soak it for 24 hours then give a large handfull per pig as a treat.A small amount goes a long way, has it got instructions on the bag? If you don't soak it, it may swell up in their stomachs.You usually add 5 times water to the weight of beet.For instance 24 ounces does about 8 pigs.
by Darrell
Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy new year!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2460

Hi all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you mad kunekune owners, :lol: from Druids Farm kunekunes in East Sussex. :D
by Darrell
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Christmas Tale
Replies: 2
Views: 1946

A Christmas Tale

On Christmas eve afternoon we delivered two gilt piglets, to be a much longed for christmas present for a little girl.The two piglets were placed in their two acre paddock with new fencing and a luxury new ark. On christmas day we received a phone call from the family,they were completely distraught...
by Darrell
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: my girls
Replies: 6
Views: 3654

I mix all the fruit and veg in with soaked sugar beet,they eat the lot. :D
by Darrell
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: my girls
Replies: 14
Views: 5532

Hi cheryl, your post reminds me of what happened back in August.I had been giving my sow Cilla extra pig nuts because she had just weaned a litter of nine.I think I must have conditioned her up too much because she jumped our 3 foot 6inch stock fence and came running up the field to greet me! I put ...
by Darrell
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Pigs
Topic: pot bellied pigs
Replies: 1
Views: 2706

Try this horse rescue center www.horseworld.org.uk/horses they have two female miniature pot bellied pigs looking for a good home.They are listed on their website under horses for rehoming.
by Darrell
Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grumpy Sow
Replies: 5
Views: 3330

Hi Amanda, I don't think your sow is defending her daughter<mine dont>I think your sow Janis wants to be the new leader,that's why the fighting is serious.As you say your other gilt is not interested in fighting,that's because she does not want to be top pig so she is not a problem to Janis or Cassi...
by Darrell
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grumpy Sow
Replies: 5
Views: 3330

Hi Amanda, I keep kunekune boars and sows.I drift <term used for changing your pigs around> mine on a regular basis.Your grumpy sow sounds like she is number 1 pig<top of the pecking order>to a pig certain things are very important as territory,:the boundary,the sleeping quarters,the wallow.What we ...
by Darrell
Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Noromectin
Replies: 4
Views: 3329

Noromectin

I have recently found this company for supplies of pig wormer,Noromectin 50ml ?15.60 inc vat.They are cheaper than our local supply and deliver quickly by post. http://www.hyperdrug.co.uk
by Darrell
Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Castrating Piglets
Replies: 18
Views: 18104

We choose to have it done in the field,out of hearing range of the sows.We hold the piglets while the vet does the cut twist and pull.No stitches are used just antibiotic powder.The piglets seem to get over the ordeal quickly.As far as I know it is now illegal to castrate pigs yourself.
by Darrell
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Pigs
Topic: 2 gilts free to a good home - Edwalton, nr Nottingham
Replies: 5
Views: 3925

Lovely looking pigs,what a shame that the children can't be taught how to handle them correctly.I personally don't agree with; They will get some more KK piglets but need them smaller than the ones they have due to the small children. Surely this only teaches children that animals are easily disposa...
by Darrell
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: turnips
Replies: 3
Views: 5085

Thistles

I have noticed that all my sows eat a lot of thistles just before farrowing,it might be worth offering yours some hand picked ones.I don't know whether it helps them in labour? but mine seem to be on a mission for thistles 48 hours before giving birth.
by Darrell
Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Ragwort
Replies: 1
Views: 2683

Ragwort

Is ragwort a danger to kunekunes? Will they eat it if they have plenty of grass? A customer for piglets has asked me this question but as we don't have any ragwort on our pasture I am not sure.