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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: 992

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: 2196

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: 1782

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: 2269

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: 1294

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: 2219

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: 2219

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: 5189

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: 1609

Re: Unwell weaner

Take it to a vet.
by simon
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: introducing a new pig
Replies: 2
Views: 1528

Re: introducing a new pig

Individual pigs can react in different ways. But generally they will fight for a couple of days and then be best of friends. Tips would be: - introduce them either side of a fence for a while if possible. - feed them separately at first (and possibly always if one dominates). - make sure everyone is...
by simon
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Coal True or false?
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

Re: Coal True or false?

Not something I've ever heard.

Is the coal eating supposed to stop them rooting?
by simon
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Birth notification: colour; piri
Replies: 2
Views: 1681

Re: Birth notification: colour; piri

1) As a general rule Tri isn't that common. To be Tri they should really have at least 3 distinct colours over all the body. Most pigs have a patch of another colour somewhere or stray hairs, but that doesn't make them tri. 2) A dangly piri counts for registration. You might be surprised how long th...
by simon
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kune transportation ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 1352

Re: Kune transportation ideas

A trailer is really essential. Either bought or borrowed. A van is not appropriate - the pig would slide around in the back and the loading ramps would be at too steep an angle. A defender type landrover is ok while the pig is still young enough to pick up. But any kind of landrover with a proper bo...
by simon
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Pigs
Topic: LOVING HOME OFFERED FOR KUNES IN ABERDEENSHIRE
Replies: 8
Views: 2439

Re: LOVING HOME OFFERED FOR KUNES IN ABERDEENSHIRE

If you need help getting them further north, contact the society to see if any members can help.
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by simon
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colors for registration
Replies: 4
Views: 2063

Re: Colors for registration

Thanks for pointing that out - an inconsistency that needs correcting.
It won't cause you a problem when registering.