May 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm #16635
I have never notched a pigs ear. can anyone tell me what type of notcher to get and what pattern to use to to keep them seperate for record keeping and registration of piglets. tags and tatoos are so easy. But I can see a cost advantage to it and its forever. Thanks everyone g.kelly wagesMay 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm #17959Member: WI
We used a small notcher. There are two sizes. There is a great article on this website with pictures on how to do it. It works great and really helped. My husband and I thought ear notching would be almost as stressful as castrating until we actually buckled down and did it! Super easy and goes really fast. Once you do it, it is easy to read the numbers on their ear. Good Luck.May 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #17960
Here is a link to the one we use:
We used the aluminum ones to start with but they blunt easily. Just make sure you do not make the notch too big. The notch will grow with the pig & if it is too big they tend to rip their ears. Ear notch the piglets within 24 hours of birth & it is much less stressful on them plus you then have good records right from the beginning. Mama is also less active within the first 24 hours after farrowing so not so mad at you for taking her piglets. At this stage we count teats, check the piglets over etc.
Hope this helps,
MIssouriMay 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm #17962
LiZ, Thank you very much for the info. I will look for the article on notching now. kellyMay 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm #17963
OK! I went to the notching page on this website. I see it shows how to notch pig 1 thru 9. But did I miss something ? It did not show how to notch a pig number 10 and higher. Help me out folks. I have 10 piglets needing a litter cert. and customers waiting and sometimes Iam not the sharpest tool in the shed, if you know what I mean. LOL Help!!May 23, 2012 at 4:18 am #17964Member: TX
Just use the combination of one and nine, 1+9=10. Congratulations on 10, that is great.
FrankMay 23, 2012 at 6:54 am #17965
Here is a pdf document I found on-line with a numbers chart and a little more explanation. http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/boone/Documents/SwineEarNotchSystem.pdf
This one gives some good instructions. http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/live/g1880/build/g1880.pdfMay 23, 2012 at 7:59 am #17967
When ear notching you can get really high with your litter numbers just by using the combinations. Here’s a link to a chart for the higher numbers:
Just remember you can only put two notches in the same place (next to each other) before moving to the next “spot.” SO for example 18 would be 2×9 but 27 moves to a new position. This is for those of you getting up there in your breeding program 🙂
MissouriMay 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #17970
Liz!! Thank you very much! With that chart From OKState, It all clear to me now. My notcher came in the mail a few days ago . and I see why its best to notch the little darlings right after birth!!!!. KellyMay 29, 2012 at 5:50 am #17973
LOL! Yes once they got older they are MUCH louder & harder to hold still, not to mention the mama coming after you 🙂
MissouriApril 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm #18401
Are there any alternatives to ear notching? I just really love their ears so much. It is one of the things that makes the breed so wonderful.April 11, 2013 at 3:19 am #18375
Not for registered stock. Ear tags don’t work and it’s against association rules to use anything else for registered animals. Ear tags get ripped out and the ears look worse than the notches.
RichardNovember 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm #18501
My wife and I are new to LBs. We noticed in one of the posts it recommends ear notching within 24 hours. So our questions is do you ear notch all of the babies even though some may not be registered?
I’m just curious because of the registration numbers if you notched all the pigs and culled say pig 2 and 4 then the registrations would be out of numerical order. Is this correct?
KevinNovember 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm #20491Member: South Dakota
Is it to late to notch piglets ear at 5 months?
Thanks G.November 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm #20492
It is never too late to notch. That being said, the breeder should be the one notching. The notches should correspond with the litter certificate or registration document. If you are purchasing a Registered Large Black Hog, they should always have ear notches.
If you have a litter that you never got around to notching and are the breeder of, then by all means. I have notched ladies past a year of age. Remember though, it will be tougher to do and you will need a larger ear notcher. I would distract them with apples or nuts or some treat.