Signs Of A Farrowing Sow Or Gilt

The gestation period of a sow or gilt is 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days or approximately (112-115 days.) However sometimes the date of serving the pig is not known and even when a boar has run with your female pigs it can sometimes be hard to tell if they are pregnant. Obviously a … Read more

Sow Farrowed And Piglets Born

Cagney the Saddleback sow has had her second litter and this morning when I went out to the farrowing pen at 6.30am there were 10 piglets. Nine of the piglets were feeding but one of the piglets was lying near Cagney’s face. He was still alive but panting. When I managed to pick him up, … Read more

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 … Read more

My Gilts Before Farrowing

My gilts (Cagney and Lacy) are pregnant and likely to farrow in the next week or two so I am busy preparing for not one but two births and two sets of piglets. (Aaahhh!!!) Things to do before the gilts farrow; Separate the gilts. Make sure the farrowing crates are suitable for the gilts. Get … Read more

Breeding Pigs – Gestation Period

· 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