Preparing For Farrowing Pigs

I have two gilts – Cagney and Lacy, who are due to farrow any day if I have calculated the dates correctly!

When preparing for farrowing you need to;

  • Separate the pigs about two weeks before farrowing.
  • Give a dose of wormer to the gilt or sow about a week before farrowing.
  • Disinfect the farrowing area and give the gilt or sow straw and other nesting materials such as dry leaves and twigs so that she can build a nest.
  • Wash the gilt or sows teats and tummy area.


Set up an area for the piglets slightly away from the gilt or sow, with straw and a pig lamp.
A useful book for a new pig keeper and breeder is the book Starting With Pigs by Andy Case.

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