Farrowing Sow’s Breathing

When a sow or gilt is about to farrow (have her piglets) she usually lays down and you can tell when the first piglet is about to be born as the sow or gilts breathing becomes rapid. Here is a video clip of my pedigree saddleback sow, called Lacy, only minutes away from farrowing. A … Read more

Aggression In Farrowing Sows

It can be very distressing if your sow is aggressive towards the piglets. When my sow bit the piglets I blamed myself for not getting the piglets into the box quick enough but if they had been in the wild the piglets would have to fend for themselves so it is difficult. I think it … Read more

Temperatures In The Farrowing Pen And Creep Area

The temperature in the farrowing pen differs from the temperature in the creep area. The creep area where the piglets can move away from the sow should be heated to a temperature up to 32 degrees Celsius. Heating can be attained by the use of an overhead heat lamp, a heat pad, underfloor heating or … Read more

Pregnant Sow

Cliare has a pregnant sow but is unsure when her pig will farrow. hi sara  claire here again well its been a while but still no piglets yet. for the first time one of my pigs started to lose thick creamy discharge today and all day  could u tell me what this means as her … Read more

Sow Swelling

Claire emailed me about her pregnant sow who is swelling up.  hi sara  well no piglets yet but thanks for getting back to me on my questions. Well 3rd august and my girl is swelling around her lady bits and still is swelling today 4th  but she is still eating and no nest building. So how long … Read more