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.

A useful book for a new pig keeper and breeder is the book Starting With Pigs by Andy Case or the The Virgin Pig Keeper by David Brown.

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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

If you are interested in the piglets for sale as weaners then fill out the contact form with your details and whether you are interested in gilts or boars.

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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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Saddleback Piglet With One Pink Ear And One Black Ear

One of my Saddleback piglets has one pink ear and one black ear which I have never seen before in my Saddleback piglets.

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

Patch the Saddleback Piglet

I have named this piglet Patch as the pink covers some of his eye as well as his ear. Patch is turning into an inquisitive and friendly piglet.

Do you have any piglets with strange or unusual markings?

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.

Training Saddleback Pigs To Go Into A Trailer

I am currently training my seven saddleback gilts to go into the trailer as they are not used to being loaded into a trailer. I have introduced them to the trailer by placing their food on the door and in the trailer so that it will entice them into the trailer. This is the third feed in the trailer and five of them have gone fully into the trailer and on this occasion the other two gilts have stepped onto the door to go into the trailer so it’s looking good for loading the pigs on Monday morning!

It always amazes me how quickly pigs learn to do something. This sort of exercise also shows the different personalities of the pigs as some are much more assertive and curious and some will stand back and are shy and nervous.

Do you have any stories about training your pigs to go into a trailer?

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Saddleback Piglets For Sale As Weaners Soon

I have 27 saddleback piglets that are just over two weeks old. They will be available for sale as weaners in approximately 6 weeks time when they are about 8 weeks old.

Week Old Saddleback Piglets

Week Old Saddleback Piglets

Week Old Saddleback Piglets

Week Old Saddleback Piglets

The sows that farrowed the piglets are from the Warrendale Rosette line and the boar is from the Gillbeck Grand Duke line.

Saddleback Sows

Saddleback Sows

Saddleback Boar

Saddleback Boar

The parent sows and the boar are friendly and very good natured pigs, they are easy to handle and the sows have good mothering qualities and produce large litters.

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

If you are interested in the piglets for sale as weaners then fill out the contact form with your details and whether you are interested in gilts or boars.

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Saddleback Gilts For Sale

7 Saddleback gilts for sale in the York to Hull area. The Saddleback gilts are now (end of February) 22 and 23 weeks old.

The Saddleback gilts are all pedigree gilts and have been birth notified and registered with the BPA.

The gilts have been reared indoors.

The sows that farrowed the gilts are from the Warrendale Rosette line and the boar is from the Gillbeck Grand Duke line.

The parent sows and the boar are friendly and good natured pigs, making the gilts excellent for breeding and as well as fattening.

We are based in the York and Hull area and would be happy for any prospective buyers to come and visit to view the weaners.

If you are interested in the gilts then please leave a comment below.

Saddleback Weaners For Sale

On Sunday I sold 6 of my 17 Saddleback weaners. I had weaned 8 of the piglets on Saturday and then Sunday morning was spent tagging the piglets before the 6 weaners where chosen by their new owners.

One lady had bought Saddleback weaners from me before and fattened the weaners. She enjoyed the pork, sausages and bacon so much that she wanted to get another two

weaners for fattening. As you can imagine I am delighted, what better testimony than a repeat customer. She chose 2 gilts, one with a saddle and the only one of the 17 that didn’t have a full saddle that I had been calling Blacky. She was a lovely curious piglet, the only one that had ventured out of the pig barn when I opened the door. I will miss her.

The other couple came from Bradford and wanted gilts as they may decide to breed but where unsure. They arrived before we had tagged the piglets and watched the tagging. I don’t think it put them off as they happily took the piglets.

So the 8 weaners are now down to 2 and later this week the other 9 Saddleback piglets belonging to Cagney will be weaned, tagged and ready for sale.

If anyone is interested in Saddleback weaners in the York to Hull area, then you can contact me using the contact form below. You can click on this link for more information about the Saddleback weaners.

Saddleback Weaners Move To Smallholding

A couple of weeks ago Sue contacted me wanting a couple of Saddleback weaners to fatten up.

She came and chose the two piglets and they are now happily living on Sue’s smallholding as the video clip demonstrates.

It was great to hear how the weaners are getting on.

Hello Sara,
Thanks for all this info – most useful. Piggies are doing really well and growing and having just the best time in their large outdoor playpen! Eating really well (like Pigs actually!) and very fussy, falling at our feet to have their tummies tickled and backs scratched! I have attached a short video clip, shot off my digital stills camera to amuse you – we still claim to have not given them names, more like labels in the form of ‘Sausage’ (no 18 with the larger saddle like his Mum ‘Cagney’) and ‘Bacon’ the better visual confirmation for meat pig out of your ‘Lacy’ but that could all change in time (bet it was your Stephen’s idea to name your two after female Cop ‘Pigs’?!?)
My husband rang me during the week to enquire “which sun cream and factor-15 or 30?” to apply to ‘Sausages’ pink saddle when we had those two hot days in succession this week and the Piggies had chosen to sunbathe rather than use my nice Wallow – it’s nice to know he cares!
Enjoy the clip attached (let me know if you can’t open or play?) and I’ll be in touch again.
Cheers,
Sue

Sue's Saddleback Weaner

Hello Sara,

Can’t believe how much they have grown in just a couple of weeks (see for your self in attached photo). They are lots of fun and spend a large part of their day wrestling each other – it’s interesting that the smaller one – ‘sausage’ (who isn’t much smaller now!) is the trouble maker and always starts the Wrestling bouts. We are serious Self Sufficient vegetable gardeners so a large part of their diet is coming out of our garden currently in the form of Cauliflower outer leaves which they love.
Regards,
Sue

I look forward to hearing more about Sausage and Bacon’s encounters on Sue’s smallholding.

Raising and breeding pigs on my farm has allowed me to connect with like minded people like Sue, which makes farming more interesting.