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bodger

And so it begins again.

Life goes in full circle and Gladys is beginning to swell appreciably, as she gets ready to produce more piglets. We think she's due to produce on or around the 20th of this month and so, next weekend, we'll bring her down to the pig sty in readiness.














And here are some update pictures of her daughters which were born at the beginning of January. I'm proud to present the three O's, Olive, Olga and Olwyn.



















As I said, life continues to go full circle and as long as they continue to grow as they are doing, then I hope that the first one will be put in pig in round about November.
sapphire

looking good  
bodger

We brought Gladys  down into the pig sty just over a week ago and this evening, I noticed that she's started to chew her straw bedding. According to the dates supplied by the owner of the boar she visited, she's due to farrow tomorrow.
horace

Fingers  crossed    
bodger

In my usual attire for this time in the morning ( Dressing gown and slippers) I've just nipped out across the farmyard to check on Gladys and there's nothing doing as yet but she sure does look ready to produce.

Memo to self " Do have a second go at scraping off the you know what from the bottom of one's second best pair of slippers"
sod

My sister is named Olwynne   close to your pigs name  
brummie nick

bodger wrote:
from the bottom of one's second best pair of slippers"


I don't think I've ever had two pairs of slippers, at the same time. {I'm impressed bodger}    
bodger

I actually have three pairs but two of them are way too smelly to wear. They really should go on the back of the fire but I'm still waiting for the stink to wear off. I've always been an optimist.
Toddy

They can go in the washing machine you know

How's Gladys doing ? I've been waiting for photos of babies

M
bodger

Nothing doing at the moment but she's got to be close. Some very disappointed customers from the weekend dropped in this morning expecting to see piglets. I'm thinking its a case of a watched pot never boiling.
hughesy

Our GOS cross gilt, Fanny, had her first litter yesterday. 9 born, 8 alive. Every one of them with Saddleback markings just like their dad! I was expecting all sorts of colours, spots, stripes etc but they're all just like their dad!
bodger

Still no piglets from Gladys as yet. She was waiting at the gate as normal  this morning waiting to be fed. Either the owner of the boar she visited got her dates wrong, or else Gladys is just extremely fat.
Grandma Bodger

she is waiting till I get there tomorrow, looking forward to seeing her
horace

Grandma Bodger wrote:
she is waiting till I get there tomorrow, looking forward to seeing her
Are you after doing some midwife work Grandma B
bodger

This bdooly pig still hasn't produced ! I'm starting to look at her and think " Well are you pregnant? Or just a fat git?"  
She's had a quite a few litter before we bought her and she's always been what I would describe as being a baggy saggy pig and I'm just beginning to doubt myself.
Toddy

Surely by this stage you should be able to feel piglets inside her ? or at least see them moving in her belly ?

M
chicken feed

If she is close to farrowing her underline should be well filled out. A older sow that has worked can be hard to tell if she is in pig or not especially if she is a well covered girl !!
bodger

I feel a photo shoot coming on, possibly followed by head in hands time.
bodger

Well? What do you think?



















I don't know you, but she's looks like how I associate all Gladys's.
hughesy

Based on those photos I'd say in pig, but maybe a week or 10 days to go yet. Having said that I base that diagnosis on my own pigs and I have no experience of yours.
bodger

I snapped this picture this evening, there's no such thing as privacy.








She's seems to be bagging up but as Hughsey says, I think she might be some time before she's ready to farrow.
bodger

Gladys was munching on her straw bedding and carrying it around in her mouth tonight when I fed her.
hughesy

bodger wrote:
Gladys was munching on her straw bedding and carrying it around in her mouth tonight when I fed her.

Ours usually do that for a few days before dropping them. Have you had a squeeze to see if there's any milk there yet?
bodger

We have a litter of spotty piglets this morning.

We used a different boar on Gladys this time and after a quick glance, they look to be much more heavily spotted than the last litter.

Karen has refused to go and have a look at them, because she's concerned that the piglets might get crushed when the sow gets up and I must admit that my hearts in my mouth too.
chicken feed

bodger

A small litter of only seven. Gladys was already tucking into the afterbirth when I went out to her this morning, so I guess that the full compliment of spotties .














Yorkshire Geordie

bodger wrote:
A small litter of only seven.


That's what Snow White had  
Have you named them yet?  
Martyn
chicken feed

bodger wrote:
A small litter of only seven.


Litter sizes go down with age. Are they a even size ?
Toddy

Well done Gladys

With only seven this time she'll be able to fatten those up well enough though, no ?

M
bodger

Photos added to my previous post.
horace

It,s seven more than you did have  
bodger

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
bodger wrote:
A small litter of only seven.


That's what Snow White had  
Have you named them yet?  
Martyn


That would be Spotty , Spotty, Spotty, Spotty, Spotty, Spotty and you guessed it, Spotty!

Half and whole butchered pigs for sale at the end of January.
hughesy

They look like little dalmations. Shame there weren't a few more. Our spotty pig Fanny only had nine with eight surviving. A bit disappointing as we're used to big litters from our Saddleback girls but it's her first so hopefully she can improve on it.
bodger

Looking ahead to her next litter, I'll be running her with our young new boar Matty.
Her reduced litter  size might be down to old age creeping on her, or it could be the boar in Colwyn bay that she went to. There's obviously no way of telling but obviously, I was very sad to have to send her sister in for the chop when she failed to get into pig.

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hughesy

How old is she? Our oldest is five now and still producing decent litters. Our boar is also five and showing no signs of old age just yet.
bodger

Without checking her papers, I think she's at least four and pushing five but thirteen down to seven is more of a drop in litter numbers than I would have expected.
chicken feed

bodger wrote:
Without checking her papers, I think she's at least four and pushing five but thirteen down to seven is more of a drop in litter numbers than I would have expected.


Our oldest sow is 7 she had her biggest ever litter of 17 after a very slow farrowing during the heat wave she had a few S/B only to be expected with her age heat and length of farrowing, they were to our senior boar who was a jan 2012 born.
welshboy

I can see the appeal of the GOS Bodger http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...fe-s-posh-Page-Three-feature.html
bodger

Dorothy is a bit of alright, but Ginger is most definitely not a GOS!
bodger

I'm relieved to report that I've been out to feed Gladys this morning and that all seven piglets were under the lamp and that they appear to be intact. Its early days yet but if they can avoid being squished by their mum for the next four or five days, then everything should be OK.
bodger

Even if sweet dreams aren't made of these, my sausages and burgers most definitely are.









horace

Looks like there is plenty of food at the milk bar  
bodger

As yet, we haven't handled the piglets to see how many boars and gilts we've got but this morning, three of them were out in the courtyard and when they turned around to go back into the sty, I could see that all three of them were gilts.
bodger

Seven piglets and only one keeper out of the lot.
We've been tattooing and counting piglets teats tonight. Ideally both the boars and the gilts should present with rows of evenly matched pairs of  teats. Depending on the breed there can be 12, 14 or 16 teats.
Well this litter have proven to be very disappointing. There's just the one gilt with 16 properly matched teats, the rest have odd numbers, with teats missing entirely or misplaced. There's even one gilt that only has nine teats in total!
We may keep the one gilt if she proves to be good enough but the rest are definitely going to be freezer fodder.
We've used a different boar to go with Gladys this time and the new combination definitely hasn't worked. Gladys reared nine in her last litter and all of them were spot on.  The last litter she had was super, so obviously I'm a bit surprised and disappointed with this evenings findings.
chicken feed

It happens some boar/sow combinations really mix other are not so. Whilst a good underline is important to us we insist on good legs one in each corner with loads of daylight between the back legs then the top line has to be strong too. 16 teats are good on a nice long pig if its a bit short in the back the spacing can be a problem we have had shown 16 teated pigs but much prefer 14 well spaced it all depends on the pigs length.

You will have to wait and see what your boar produces you never know you could have a winning combination.
bodger

Onwards an upwards. My new young boar is currently running with the young sow that I bred out of Dear Prudence. My how time flies. The first hurdle to get over, is that he manages to get Milly in pig and then its fingers crossed that he begets ( a good biblical word) some cracking pigs.

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