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Rick & Carol

oxford sandy and black pigs

It's that time of year where I get a couple of weaners to bring on.

Two years ago I had Oxford Sandy & blacks which I brought to slaughter weight at 6 months, very nice they were too and a lot of lean meat on them, similar weight to the large blacks I had last year. I've contacted a couple of breeders this week & they are selling OSB what they call 'weaners' at six months & assure me as a slow growing breed this is right. Odd I think given my experience with them.

In any case I've found some nice looking 5 week old saddle-backs ready to go in a few weeks.

Anyone else keep OSB though as I'm interested in this & a pal of mine is determined to get some so would value your views I'm sure.
chicken feed

A weaner is a weaner at the point of weaning they then go on to be small stores & stores and finally finished. You did well to walk away from a 6 month old they should be finished / finishing at that age.

Having taken a huge amount of OSB's to slaughter weight we were finishing at 25 - 27 weeks.

I am sure you will enjoy your saddlebacks.
Mo

Chicken Feed has answered

All the piggies we have had have been just over 8 weeks when we got them.
I recall that a Saddleback we had picked was not taking solids to the breeders satisfaction and so she gave a a different one - our pick had not fully weaned and she would not let it go until it had.

We've had some smashing Saddlebacks, enjoy!
Rick & Carol

Thanks - that is exactly in line with my thoughts then, oddest thing was though the two breeders selling the 6 month olds were prepared to let them go at 50, makes you wonder how they pay for the feed they'd had.

I'm looking forward to the saddlebacks, the holding seems a bit empty without pigs
Mo

I know just what you mean  

Two cyclists went past yesterday and one shouted to ask if we'd be getting pigs this year.
rhino

At the moment t weasners are fetching around a fiver in the markets
chicken feed

rhino wrote:
At the moment t weasners are fetching around a fiver in the markets


Same here but having said that some I wouldn't even pay that and wouldn't want to risk taking them home for fear of bringing disease on. A pen of weaners sold for 4 per head the other day I think the seller was lucky, the same day another pen fetched 36 per head quality will always bing in that bit extra. We have just managed to seek all our weaners bringing in 40 - 45 per head for birth noted un registered meat weaners.
hughesy

We've bought in a few OSB weaners in the past to make up the numbers when we could see a gap coming in our own production. We found them to be a little bit slower to finish than our Saddlebacks and a little bit smaller at any given age. However they all were very nice pigs to keep. Very easy to handle and friendly.
bodger

I've never kept OSB's but I'm told they are a little less prone than other traditional breeds to running to fat.
chicken feed

bodger wrote:
I've never kept OSB's but I'm told they are a little less prone than other traditional breeds to running to fat.


Kept a lot of them we used to sent them away at 26 -27 weeks the killing out % is slightly higher than other traditional breeds as they are lighter boned.
hughesy

Ours did produce a nice carcass but then so do our Saddlebacks.

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