I’ve received an email from Graham asking about putting his newly born piglets outside. “Just had a litter of pigs born will they go outside if it is muddy or shall I bring them in?” Here is my response to the question and also a response from another reader. Hi Graham, Congratulations on the birth … Read more Newly Born Piglets – Can They Go Outside?
I have just received an email about a sow who is due to farrow soon and her teats are hot and red. “Hi Sara. My sow, Matilda, is due to have her first litter in the next few days. She is very content but I have noticed her back teets are very red and feel … Read more Sow With Hot & Red Teats
I am sometimes asked if you should be present when a gilt or sow is farrowing. Some people believe that you should just let the gilt or sow get on with the farrowing. However if your sow/gilt knows you well then she may not mind you being present. It is useful to be on hand … Read more Should You Be Present When A Gilt Or Sow Is Farrowing?
I am often asked what to do with a pregnant sow or gilt just before they farrow. Dear Sara, My name is sammy and I am 17 years old. I bought a pig for market as I was going to show and sell her in the local county fair. I found out she is pregnant … Read more What To Do With A Pregnant Sow Or Gilt That Is Close To Farrowing
When a boar and gilt are allowed to run together they will mate when the gilt comes into estrus, but how do you tell if mating has occurred? Hello – I have two gilts and recently purchased a 1-yr old boar. My goal is to breed the gilts, of course. The gilts are of age … Read more How To Tell If A Gilt Or Sow Is Pregnant
· The gestation period of a gilt or sow is usually 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days (roughly 112-115 days). I am hoping my gilts are in pig and will have piglets at the end of October. By my calculations they should be two thirds of the way through and have approximately 6 weeks before … Read more Breeding Pigs – Gestation Period