News About Cagney The Saddleback Pig

Diane asked, ‘How is Cagney and have you come to any decision yet as to her fate?’

Cagney my Saddleback sow has recently had mastitis, in fact the infection was very bad and it looked like I might lose her. I am pleased to say that she has thoroughly recovered. I kept her separate from Lacy my other sow for a few days as we treated Cagney and fed her up as the mastitis had put her off her food for a couple of days.

Once a pig has mastitis the teats are no longer useful so if the pig has a bad case of mastitis then it makes breeding difficult as the piglets will not be able to suckle their mother’s milk. Last week I had to decide if I was going to keep Cagney and let her breed again. Cagney has 14 teats and 6 of the teats have been affected by the mastitis. it was hard to make the decision because Cagney is the most gentle pig you could wish to meet. She has also been a fantastic mum. She farrows without any difficulties and this time produced 10 piglets. She is never aggressive to her piglets, Lacy the other sow or me. I also have a sentimental attachment to Cagney and Lacy as they are the first pigs I have ever had so they are special to me. Cagney and Lacy have provided me with much enjoyment and have taught me alot about pig keeping.

I spent a number of days deliberating over what to do as I didn’t want Cagney to be stressed or affected when she had more piglets. I did’t mind the thought of hand rearing some piglets if I had to, as I made the decision, but I didn’t want Cagney or the piglets to suffer.

This has been a very difficult decision to make but I have decided to keep her and give her the chance to have another litter. Only time will tell if this has been the right decision, but for now Cagney is doing very well. She has returned to the pig pen with Lacy and after an initial scuffle between them they are getting on well and Cagney has put on the weight she had lost when she wasn’t eating.

Thanks to you all for your kind words and well wishes for Cagney. Thanks Diane for asking about Cagney.

  1. Oh Sara I am so pleased to hear you are keeping Cagney. I really did have to fight the tears when I read your post that you will breed her again and feed some of the piglets if you have to.
    As I helped name Cagney and Lacy I feel that I know them!

    Comment by Diane – June 3, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Hi Sara – For some reason I’ve been snowed under for a couple of months and have only just managed to begin to catch up on blogging pals; so I’ve been busy reading up on some of your postings and news – what a lot of water’s gone under the bridge!

    I’m sorry to hear about Cagney’s mastitis. What a difficult decision to make – I feel for you. Hopefully the mastitis will have only done minimal damage and her next litter won’t cause any of you too much heartache.
    Take care…

    Comment by paula – June 4, 2008 @ 8:49 am

  3. I came back to read about Cagney’s fate, and I’m glad to see she’s recovered. We used to have cows that got mastitis and sometimes they looked liked goners-only to bounce back unexpectedly. Others weren’t so lucky. I guess Nature decides-along with good nursing.

    Comment by Aiyana – June 8, 2008 @ 10:06 pm