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  • #16635 Reply
    Member: AR
    kagewages
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    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 wages

    #17959 Reply
    Member: WI jmcs_3
    jmcs_3
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    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.

    #17960 Reply
    Member: MO chhogs
    chhogs
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    Here is a link to the one we use:

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=30e07963-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5&gas=notcher

    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,

    Liz

    http://www.cornishheritagehogs.com

    MIssouri

    #17962 Reply
    Member: AR
    kagewages
    Participant

    LiZ, Thank you very much for the info. I will look for the article on notching now. kelly

    #17963 Reply
    Member: AR
    kagewages
    Participant

    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!!

    #17964 Reply
    Member: TX Epps
    Epps
    Participant

    Just use the combination of one and nine, 1+9=10. Congratulations on 10, that is great.

    Frank

    #17965 Reply

    largebla
    Keymaster

    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.pdf

    #17967 Reply
    Member: MO chhogs
    chhogs
    Participant

    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:

    http://oces.okstate.edu/leflore/4-h/leflore-county-fall-fair/Ear%20Notching.pdf

    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 🙂

    Liz

    http://www.cornishheritagehogs.com

    Missouri

    #17970 Reply
    Member: AR
    kagewages
    Participant

    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!!!!. Kelly

    #17973 Reply
    Member: MO chhogs
    chhogs
    Participant

    LOL! Yes once they got older they are MUCH louder & harder to hold still, not to mention the mama coming after you 🙂

    Liz

    http://www.cornishheritagehogs.com

    Missouri

    #18401 Reply

    jamesptoothman
    Participant

    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.

    #18375 Reply

    president
    Participant

    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.

    Richard

    #18501 Reply

    largebla
    Keymaster

    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?

    Thanks!
    Kevin

    #20491 Reply
    Member: South Dakota
    Grace Kopman
    Participant

    Is it to late to notch piglets ear at 5 months?

    Thanks G.

    #20492 Reply
    Registrar
    Registrar
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    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.

    -Felicia Krock

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