we have borrowed a boar in return for some field raking from another farmer freind, we have 3 gilts, the problm is he seems to be picking on the same guilt all day, she will firmly plant her bottom into the ground whilst he is very frustrated, i think hes mounted one of the others but not the third (scratch marks to each side just below shoulders). Is it normal for him to keep picking on the same one ? she seems really stressed each time and its awful to see,i almost feel sorry for her.we have them in a field right next to house with a side gate through to field so we can keep an eye on them.
is our boar a bully?(4 posts)
Sara (Admin) is a real expert on this and I am sure she will give you some good advice.
Unfortunately, I think she is offline today but hopefully she will be able to help tomorrow
I found that the boar would follow round the pig that was on heat and he would nudge her side and sniff her bottom and make barking noises.
I had two sows who had four litters each in total over a two- three year period and I rarely caught the boar doing his business and he rarely left marks on one of the sows.
I usually kept the boar with the sows for at least two cycles as we used to rent him from a neighbour.
Maybe you could separate one gilt and the boar off at a time and put the other two gilts in a separate area and then let each one have some time with the boar. This would then stagger the farrowing a little which would ease the work load and worry as the gilts farrow. I would maybe place each gilt in with the boar a week to three weeks at a time. Ot you could rotate them daily for the three weeks.
Hope your boar isn't too rough on the girls and they get in pig soon.
sara @ farmingfriends
Hi thankyou both, they seem to be settling down now so fingers crossed.
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