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by simon
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: boar straining to defacate
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: boar straining to defacate

I would give him some silage or haylage if you can get some and ease off on the dry nuts to see if that helps. Fruit/veg as well. I don't know your drinking arrangements, but does he have plenty to go at all day? But don't leave it long before you take him to the vet. Probably a quick injection of a...
by simon
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: rehoming
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Re: rehoming

I was wondering if I could ask you about the sow?
16 is a ripe old age. Have you had her from birth, and whats her pedigree?
by simon
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Regional Administrator in Shropshire
Replies: 2
Views: 1234

Re: Regional Administrator in Shropshire

Regional Representatives are listed here:
http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/contact.aspx
by simon
Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kunekune in the home
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: Kunekune in the home

You could contact your regional rep who should be able to put you in touch with people

http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/contact.aspx
by simon
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kunekune in the home
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: Kunekune in the home

Pigs are not suitable animals to be kept in a house. The best thing to do is go and visit a couple of BKKPS members near you and spend sometime with the pigs. I think when you've spent time with pigs and their owners you will agree.
by simon
Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Boar piglet with a head tilt
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Re: Boar piglet with a head tilt

A head tilt caused by an infection wouldn't affect his DNA, so therefore wouldn't be passed onto any offspring. I wouldn't imagine it would affect his performance as a stud boar.
by simon
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Estimating weight and assessing age/size when gilt is big en
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Re: Estimating weight and assessing age/size when gilt is bi

I agree that the traditional methods of estimating aren't great with Kunekunes. Its difficult if you don't have scales, but trying to pick them up and guessing is as good a way as any. I never put a gilt to a boar until its at least 12months old. They tend to have growth spurts around a year where t...
by simon
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weed killer
Replies: 3
Views: 1434

Re: Weed killer

I think some weedkillers have a withdrawal period of a week.

You could find a contractor who has a 'weedwiper' - a machine that coats long growth instead of spraying the entire field. But theres still a withdrawl period.
by simon
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pet and Smallholder Pig Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 1203

Pet and Smallholder Pig Survey

Liverpool University: Some of your members may have participated in our Pet and Smallholder Pig Survey last year. We would be very grateful if you could pass on the following information to your members. We got some interesting results which we have now published in the veterinary press. We have mad...
by simon
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Handling pigs for medication/examination
Replies: 4
Views: 1500

Re: Handling pigs for medication/examination

I have one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201368088475

but I rarely use it. Better to practice injecting so they can't feel it.
by simon
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Dead piglets
Replies: 3
Views: 813

Re: Dead piglets

Its not something I have encountered. But before you dispose of the bodies I would consider taking one to the vet for testing. They would be able to give you a definitive answer.
by simon
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Meat
Topic: 4 year old castrates for meat
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: 4 year old castrates for meat

Whether the meat is tough or not depends on how you cook it. The younger any animal the more tender its meat will be. But that doesn't stop some fine meals with older animals. You wouldn't waste your money.
by simon
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Meat
Topic: 4 year old castrates for meat
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: 4 year old castrates for meat

The main question would be is the pig quite fat. If it is I would mostly do sausages, and keep a few key bits like the tenderloin. What I do is ask the butcher to make a judgement based on what he sees when he gets it on the table. But being an older animal - and maybe one thats actually spent time ...
by simon
Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Older sow bleeding from vagina
Replies: 10
Views: 2980

Re: Older sow bleeding from vagina

I obviously defer to the vet. But I'm curious why they think its a polycistic problem. Surely theres any number of possible causes? All of which would be helped by antibiotics.
by simon
Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Unwell weaner
Replies: 3
Views: 960

Re: Unwell weaner

Take it to a vet.