sara | March 25, 2010
Piglets should be wormed at about 2 months of age or when the piglets are weaned. A piglet that is not wormed will not grow as quickly or as well as wormed piglets. You can administer a wormer by injection, pouring a liquid wormer onto the back of the pig, by liquid in the water [...]
sara | January 20, 2010
I am often asked about weaning piglets and I thought that Katie had an interesting question that asked if it’s ok for piglets to be left to wean naturally.
“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 [...]
sara | January 6, 2010
I was recently told by a neighbouring smallholder that a good tip to help prevent mastitis in a sow when weaning the piglets is when the piglets are weaned (about 8 weeks old) from the sow leave the runt with the sow.
This will help to stop the sow from getting mastitis as the runt will [...]
sara | January 4, 2010
I was recently asked for some tips and advice about feeding a slow growing piglet.
“Dear Sara, I have a runt of a litter and he is growing very slow. Do you have any advice? Jeff”
Tips and advice for feeding slow growing runts of litter.
A good tip is when the piglets are weaned (about 8 [...]
sara | December 14, 2009
Splay legs in piglets is when the newborn piglet is unable to hold the front and or back legs together. The piglet is unable to stand up properly and the front and or hind legs will be spread out. The piglet also finds it difficult to walk and it is therefore difficult for the piglet [...]
sara | November 30, 2009
Katie is a member of the farmingfriends forum and a reader of the farmingfriends website.
Katie contacted me back in August and introduced me to her Kunekune pigs, Coleen, Wayne and Mable. Katie was unsure if Coleen was pregnant and it later turned out that she hadn’t been but she did finally get served by Wayne [...]
sara | October 14, 2009
When I had farrowing gilts on the farm I have always been lucky enough to get live piglets, however sometimes piglets can be born dead but why is that?
“Just wondering I have a gilt that just had her first litter. The first 5 were alive but the next 5 were all dead. This is the [...]
sara | June 8, 2009
It is with a heavy heart that I write to say that my beloved little runt (Splays) of the piglets has left the farm. He has I am pleased to say gone to pig owners who have bought saddlebacks from us twice before and I know that he will be cared for well. He has [...]
sara | May 23, 2009
My 7/8 week old saddleback piglet called Missy loves to explore the farmyard. She has been coming out of the pig barn to explore the farmyard for about 5 weeks. She was the first piglet to come down the barn steps and she loves to run the length of the fold yard and then to [...]
sara | May 15, 2009
The Saddleback piglets are nearing 7 weeks old and are growing well. Here is Tiny the piglet who is a gilt. She was born to Cagney who had a litter of 16 piglets and only has 14 teats so some of the piglets were fighting over the teats.
Tiny, named as such due to her tiny [...]