Ahhh, but Al, some of us…many of us?…are newbies. I know I am, sitting here waiting for my first litter to be born any day…hour?…minute?…second?… now. I’m seeing what you call “belly drop” here towards the end, but just from looking I would not have recognized that my pig(s) were pregnant until the last month or so. Having a way to know shortly after breeding if it “took” or if I needed to get a pair back together again would have been helpful.
You gotty remember…a lot of us are like Sgt Schultz on “Hogan’s Heros”….”I know nothing!”.
This reply was modified 10 months ago by Bob Hayles.
That brings up a question. When I first wean the litter the sow will come back into estrus in 3-5 days, right? I plan to have her in a breeding pen after weaning and bring the boar there. After I see them breed (the purpose of a breeding pen for me, as I can’r see everywhere) and I turn them back out to pasture, do I bring them back to the pen 21 days later and see if they breed again? If I just leave them out in the pasture I don’t know if they breed again or not, unless I just happen to be nearby at the time.