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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.
So many questions to ask to provide any help!
How are the sows housed? Are you using farrowing pens? Is the area warm or cold? Damp or dry? How much are you feeding the sows? What area of the country are you in? Does you vet know of any diseases prevalent in your area? How did the piglets die? What symptoms did they have? What bedding are you using?
There are more questions as well, but those should help come up with an idea of what is going on.
We always use Redmond Conditioner. It works for all animals including sheep and pigs. If you go to the Redmond website you can find a dealer. We free feed it, but sometimes the pigs like to cover themselves in it because it is cool! You can add it to their food if you like, but don;t over feed it.
You should wean the piglets after about 8 weeks. If they are very large then 7 weeks would be fine. Some people wean even earlier, but that is not a good idea – the piglets need the extra they get from their mother.
Once the piglets are weaned put the sow in with the boar, you can even put her and the piglets in with him before if you like but he will get too fat on the extra you are feeding the sow for milk production. A sow will not normally come into heat until 3-10 days after weaning. We’ve noticed usually 3 days. We did have one sow that would cycle 3 weeks after farrowing, but that’s not usual.
Hope that helps.
Hogs do not tend to like citrus fruit so I wouldn’t waste time giving them to it. Now if we have some juiced lemons we do throw them to them but I am not sure who cleans them up – pigs or chickens.
The LBs do well in all sorts of weathers, but they like any pig would prefer to be warm in the winter. The important thing is to make sure they are out of the wind and wet. In summer they will want to have a wallow to keep cool.
We have found that Porta-Huts are ideal. Around here you can pick them up on Craigslist for $50-$100. We put a bunch of hay on the bottom hat they can bed down in and that will keep them dry.
You can build something fairly simply as long as it keep the weather out and has something to keep them warm. I know someone that puts out round bales that the pigs burrow into and make their own shelters.
We used to live in MT and our LBs handled that OK, down to -40F. Some of them only had a broken down homestead with hay to shelter in.
There are a couple of people in AK with LB’s. Take a look at the member’s list to find contact information. Have fun with your LBs!
LOL! That is a great question & sadly we have heard of hunters shooting the Large Blacks 🙁 The Large Blacks are good respecters of electric fence so my advice would be to train your pigs to electric fence from the start they should stay behind it. With feral pigs in the area it is absolutely vital that your perimeter fence is secure as once your sow comes into heat the feral boars will try to get in if your fence is not secure. HOT electric is the best way!
All the best,
LOL! You are right 🙂 You do no need to cut the piglets tails or clip their teeth. Large Black sows & boars are extremely good parents – very rare will they squash one. Of course accidents do happen. You need to make sure that the nest is not too deep so that the piglets can get out from under the sow should she lie on one. The only reason you may want to separate the boar is that you will want to give extra food to the sow & you do not want the boar getting fat. Once those piglets are 3-4 weeks old they will be running under the electric wire & eating with whoever they want to. Our boars were extremely tolerant & always shared. If you have some polywire just move the boar next door so he can still see his girl & talk to her.
All the best with your piggies 🙂 They are the best.
If her teats got damaged then they wouldn’t have been able to stand up the the rigors of very hungry piglets. The damaged teats will not do anything next time around. The breed standard is for 12 teats, but we personally cull anything below 14 partly for this sort of reason.
The ones that you noticed were not developed are probably because the piglets didn’t bother with them. The piglets favor certain teats and the ones that aren’t used just dry up.
I think everything will be fine. Just keep using the Blue Coat until chance of infection has passed. Isn’t that stuff great?
We have some that will go anywhere for food and they are the easy ones to move. Otherwise we just hitch up the 16′ trailer and then load them up. Most of ours will jump in the back of the trailer as soon as they see it because they know it means food! The one that didn’t do that we pushed in with a cattle panel behind her.
Trailer training for the more distant moves or the more difficult ones is a definite must!
Good ideas. The board has been discussing something similar and at the last meeting two of the board members were asked to come up with something a that will help out marketing.
As with all these things it takes someone to spend the time working it through, so we may call on members with know how to help out!
In my experience the younger animals will tear things up more than an adult. However, when there is little grass cover they will take a look for other thing to eat. They all root to some extent especially when the ground is wet after the grass has gone. We had a similar issue when we lived in MT, but we found that they settled down as they aged. We also found that out of all of the breeds we raised the LBs rooted less as adults.
Stick with it 🙂
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Watch out for other plants around like wild cherry trees. We have some in one pasture here and it took us a little while to work out why our piglets were dying in that pasture! They were eating the fallen leaves which are very poisonous. The cherry fruit is fine, but the seeds, leaves and bark are toxic.
I was asking about the copper because some animals can lose color if they don’t have it in their diet.
To tell you the truth, I have no idea. Maybe it’s some sort of irritation? Is she rubbing herself against something in those areas?