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by simon
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding Questions!
Replies: 4
Views: 1518

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: 1518

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: 2006

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: 1966

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: 1966

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: 1079

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: 2099

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...
by simon
Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Water supply to pigs
Replies: 2
Views: 1331

Re: Water supply to pigs

The best long term solution is to bury an MDPE pipe from wherever the hosepipe comes from to either a bowl drinker or a pig drinker: http://www.fisheralvin.com/product-cate ... ig/page/2/
by simon
Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Introducing a new piglet
Replies: 4
Views: 2789

Re: Introducing a new piglet

Consider isolating him for 21 days for biosecurity reasons. After that just put them together, most likely they will bully him for a few days but then it will settle down. But you will need to feed him separately to make sure they won't just eat all the feed. But make certain he is castrated don't t...
by simon
Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2015 Photos
Replies: 0
Views: 2130

2015 Photos

I am just finishing the latest year book before it goes to the printers.

Does anyone have a good high res photo for the front/back cover? Particularly if it were from a 2015 show, or the AGM. But failing that cute always wins!

Simon
by simon
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: General Trading Post
Topic: kunekune pigs in Spain / South of France?
Replies: 6
Views: 3306

Re: kunekune pigs in Spain / South of France?

If you email the BKKPS secretary they should be able to put you in touch with members. There are some in france, and I think one in spain now. Generally people transport very young piglets in dog crates. As they get bigger UK law says you need to transport them in a vehicle 'designed for the purpose...
by simon
Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: boar straining to defacate
Replies: 3
Views: 1185

Re: boar straining to defacate

I would defer to whatever the vet has told you. It sounds like he thinks it might be an infection if he has prescribed anti-biotics.
by simon
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: boar straining to defacate
Replies: 3
Views: 1185

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...