Starting With Pigs By Andy Case

Starting With Pigs by Andy Case £7.95

Starting With Pigs By Andy Case

A straight forward and readable book for the small scale pig keeper, this is an excellent and practical introduction that is also up-to-date with the relevant regulations. Concentrating on the older, more traditional breeds, it covers housing and free-range management, feeding, breeding and rearing, buying and selling.

Price £7.95 +P&P.

12 thoughts on “Starting With Pigs By Andy Case

  1. Last night I expressed my pig as I have done every night for the past 2 months as I was not aware that she was pregnant when I bought her, and milk was not only dripping out but it was squirting out!! It’s is now 10pm over 24 hours later and she has yet to touch the hay that I have layer out for her. She is breathing very heavy, seems very uncomfortable, buy she ate dinner fine, although I did just offer her some food and she refused it, which is unheard of for her, as she is a pig!! How much longer cod it possibly be before the onset of labor after the presence of milk in the teats?

  2. my grandpa had 2 young sows and 1 boar all about 5 months old we think the large sow is in pig but we are’nt sure and we have got rid of the other two . it was about 2 weeks ago when she was served by the boar but ….. i think she is to young to have babies. how can we tell if she is pregnant ??
    ps. she has been digging and paceing up and down her yard ever since we got rid of her mates!?

  3. Hi Josette,
    Three days sounds along time. She could have a piglet stuck and then the others will die. Can you place your hand into her and check that there isn’t an obstruction. Wash hands and then insert hand with fingers closed together and then feel around to see if you can feel a piglet and if you can then you need to see if you can carefully get hold of the piglet and help it to come out.
    If you are worried and three days is along time to be farrowing and to have blood then I would call the vet and explain and they may come out. It sounds like the vet may need to come and assist. Not sure how much it costs for a vet to come out but it could save the piglets and the sow so would be worth it.
    Hope she and piglets ok. Let me know how you get on.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  4. My sow has been farrowing for three days now. On Saturday, blood was coming from the vagina while she pawed her back legs. Yesterday, pushed, grunted, nothing happened. Her vagina was swollen so large but nothing came. What can I do for her?

  5. I have kept the Oxford Sandy and Black pig for sometime now and they are a wonderful temperament pig, very quiet and as you say brilliant for beginners. They are lighter boned than most breeds giving them more meat to fat. Also they do not grow to the clossal size of most pigs. The boars are equally as quiet and placid.

    The meat is very succulent, sausages are also wonderful and the bacon is out of this world. So a dual purpose pig lending itself for joints and bacon.

    On my website have written about the OSB and have a monthly pig facts page which has helped those in need of assistance. And should people wish to ask questions then i am always at hand for further advice.

    Most of all they are great fun and good for the soul.

    By the way, another good pig book is Keeping pigs by carol harris.

  6. I always learn something new here, Sara. even though I am a only an amateur gardener as such i do enjoy watching countrfile and everything I learn on that programme too. I didn’t know you couldn’t feed parsnips to pigs.

  7. Hi Seanna,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your questions.
    You can worm a pig by
    pouring a liquid wormer onto the back of the pig,
    by liquid in the water or
    a powdered wormer in the feed.

    The most effective way to worm is by injection because you ensure that the pig gets the right dose for it’s weight and age.

    Adding wormer to the water or feed is more difficult as you cannot be sure how much each pig has consumed.

    Your vet will advise on the best course of treatment against worms for your herd of pigs and piglets.

    Ivermectin wormers are a good treatment against a range of worms.

    With regards to whether your pig is pregnant, if your pig is nervous then you may just have to wait and see if she is pregnant. The gestation period is 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days.

    Have you had a boar running with your sow or did you get your sow and don’t know if she is pregnant? I have noticed that the boar makes a different sort of grunting noise when a gilt/sow is on heat. He seems to follow the gilt around and pushes at her side and sniffs her bottom!

    Sometimes you can see that the boar has mounted the gilt as there are scratches on her side where the boars feet have been and there is sometimes a red mark on the gilts back where the boar has been rubbing against her. Also the vulva may be red and her bottom may be wet with the boars semen.

    Gilts usually come into cycle every 3 weeks.

    So look out for signs of estrus and if it looks like the gilt is ready to be served by the boar again 3 weeks from the boar being put with the gilts then the gilt may not be pregnant.

    I generally keep the boar with my sows for over 6 weeks so that they have gone through two cycles.

    Hope this helps. What sort of pig do you have? Let me know how you get on.

    Just to let you know I recently set up a forum which is free and this has a section on pigs.

    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  8. How do you worm a pig????
    also we have a pig that we think is pregnant but shes very skittish and we can’t touch her, how do we find out???

  9. Hi Katie,
    Firstly have you been supplementing the piglets milk from the sow with creep feed, if not then you will need to do this before they are weaned as a quick change in their diet will upset their stomaches and give them scours.
    Also you will need to consider the sow, in the wild the sow would naturally wean her piglets herself, so you could leave the piglets with the sow and I have read that she should naturally wean them herself by week 12. However if the sow has alot of piglets and their teeth have not been clipped and the sow is still feeding the piglets then you need to consider the condition of her teats and the amount of milk she is producing. Producing milk for along time makes the sow loose condition. Also if she is feeding alot of piglets it can take it out of her, especially as the piglets get bigger. The piglets teeth can scar the teats and this can lead to mastitis once the piglets are weaned.

    Weaning can cause stress for the piglets. It is always best to remove the sow and not the piglets. Also if you do wean the piglets you only want to do this on that day, for example you don’t want to tag the piglets that day as well as they will get stressed.

    I usually wean my piglets at week 8, although the sows only move to the next barn where they can still see and hear the sows so it could be seen as less stressfull for the piglets. I found that Cagney who was feeding 15-16 piglets on her last litter with 14 teats was releieved when I weaned the piglets at 8 weeks. When I moved her to the next door barn she actually laid down and had a rest and you could see the relief that when she laid down there were no piglets trying to suckle her, so observing the habits of your sow may be an indication if it’s time to wean the piglets. Is the sow looking tired, does she lay down and then get up quickly when piglets try to suckle, does she try to move away from the piglets? These may all be signs she is wanting the piglets to be weaned.

    When weaning piglets the sow can be vulnerable to mastitis and when I weaned piglets at 6 weeks once my sows got mastitis. A tip to avoid this maybe to leave a runt or two with the sow and let them continue to suckle for another week or so until the sows milk dries up. You do need to be careful that these piglets when added back to the group don’t fight with the other weaners as separated pigs will fight.

    Hope this info is of use to you. Hope the sow and piglets are doing well. I will add your question to the forum as I know that topveg is a pig expert and may have some advice.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  10. hi
    the time has come to wean my 8 week old piglets but i really dont want to yet do i really have to cant i leave them to wean naturaly?

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