Saddleback Piglets Born

I have received an email from my friends Gregg and Belinda who got their saddleback pigs from me over a year ago. Two of their three saddleback sows have just had piglets.

Good news. Last night/ this morning one of our sows farrowed…giving us seven healthy piglets. Maggie is due to farrow some time today…she’s got milk. The other one will farrow in a week or so. We are planning to keep at least one of  the gilts for breeding. Thanks so much for helping us in getting started.

Here is Holly and her seven piglets.

Holly the saddleback sow and her seven piglets.

Holly the saddleback sow and her seven piglets.

Gregg emailed today to say that Maggie has now farrowed.

All is going well although Maggie has been a little unwell during the farrowing but is beginning to eat and drink.

Maggie the saddleback sow and her piglets.

Maggie the saddleback sow and her piglets.

LG is the third sow and she is due to farrow in the next few weeks.

I am hoping to go and see the piglets very soon.

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Saddleback Weaners For Sale York/Hull Area

My friends Belinda and Gregg have 8 Saddleback weaners for sale.

Saddleback Piglets

Saddleback Piglets at 4 weeks old

The weaners are 8 weeks on Friday 12th March 2010, they were born on the 15th January 2010.

Saddleback Weaners

Saddleback Weaners at 4 weeks old

There are 2 boars and 6 gilts. The piglets are happy, healthy and good natured piglets.

Gregg and Belinda are based in the York and Hull area and would be happy for any prospective buyers to come and visit the piglets and the sow that farrowed the piglets.

Here is a picture of Maggie the sow who farrowed and raised the weaners.

Maggie The Pedigree Saddleback Sow

Maggie The Pedigree Saddleback Sow

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5 Saddleback Weaners Leave The Farm

Today I said goodbye to 5 weaners. Belinda and Gregg who live in a neighbouring village, although found out about my piglets via the internet, have bought 3 gilts and 2 boars. They arrived at 10 am and went into the pig barn where the weaners were happily snoozing so they could choose which piglets they wanted. well that’s the theory, although the reality of catching the specific piglet you want out of 27 piglets is not easy once that piglet know you are after them!

Newly Weaned Saddleback Piglets

Newly Weaned Saddleback Piglets

Some of the weaners are very big and are just at the size when I can still hold them but only just! It took Gregg and I abit of time to catch the piglets we wanted although they didn’t make too much fuss once we had hold of them. When placed in the van which had been decked out with straw bales the piglets were happy to sit and check out the new smells in the van.

Newly Weaned Saddleback Piglets

Newly Weaned Saddleback Piglets

I am always a little sad to see the piglets go, but happy in the knowledge that they are going to a good home. Belinda and Gregg have said that I can go visit the piglets which will be interesting especially as I haven’t seen any of the piglets I have raised older than 6 months. so as their gilts get older it will be interesting to go visit them.

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Saddlebacks Piglets Weaned

Today I have weaned the saddleback piglets. The piglets are just approaching 8 weeks old and there are 27 piglets which has been alot for my two sows, Cagney and Lacy, to feed.

Two of my prospective weaner buyers came along to give a hand, so thanks Gregg and Belinda.

We transferred the sows into the other barn at feeding time this morning and the moving of the sows went well. We moved Lacy out forst and a few of the piglets followed but soon went back to the rest of the gang and then Cagney came out with alot of piglets in toe and then we managed to get her into the sow barn with out any piglets getting in.

Cagney the Saddleback sow relaxing in the sow barn after weaning the piglets

Cagney the Saddleback sow relaxing in the sow barn after weaning the piglets

The experience hasn’t seemed to phase either the sows or the piglets, infact I think Cagney is relieved that she can finally relax and rest without 15 piglets all trying to get at her milk.

Saddleback Piglet Explores Farmyard

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 go and see what’s in the rest of the farmyard. She will always return to the barn to find the other piglets. it is great fun watching her running and playing in the farmyard. I love the way her ears jiggle up and down as she runs and her little legs scamper about the place. She is a delight to watch.

I hope you have enjoyed this quick clip of Missy the saddleback piglet exploring the farmyard.

Tiny The Piglet

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 The Saddleback Piglet

Tiny The Saddleback Piglet

Tiny, named as such due to her tiny size, didn’t seem to get much milk in the beginning so I have beenhand rearing her and she now drinks milk from a bowl four times a day. She is growing well and her milk is supplemented with pig pellets which she seems to enjoy eating.

Tiny The Saddleback Piglet

Tiny The Saddleback Piglet

I was able to get these close up shots of Tiny with her looking at the camera as she is used to me calling her name.

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Saddleback Piglets Growing Fast

Cagney and Lacy’s third litter of piglets are growing fast. Lacy’s piglets are now nearly 7 weeks old and Cagney’s piglets are nearly 6 weeks old.

The piglets love rooting in the straw and it is a bit like watching a rugby scrum as they do so. The piglets are still being fed by the sows but their diet is now being supplemented with pig pellets, apples and sugar beet which they love to munch on. It is interesting to see that Cagney feeds her piglets whilst standing up and Lacy feeds hers by laying down.

I have 17 saddleback piglets this time and 15 are gilts (female pigs) and 2 are boars (male pigs). Only one of the piglets can not be registered as a pedigree Saddleback because she doesn’t have a full saddle of pinky white flesh across her back and shoulders.

Newborn Saddleback Piglets

Here are some photos of the newborn Saddleback piglets.

Cagney’s Litter – Cagney had 10 piglets which were born sometime before 6.30am on Thursday 10th April 2008. Nine of the piglets were doing well but one of the piglets had got too cold and was laid near cagney’s head. I am pleased to say that we revived the piglet with calf’s powdered milk and a warm in the aga!

Lacy’s Litter – Lacy started to farrow at about 2pm on Thursday 10th April and she finished some time around 5pm having 11 piglets. After an initial bit of snapping at the first few piglets Lacy calmed down and the rest of the piglets were able to suckle as soon as they were born.