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bodger

Piggy manouvres two.

I've got a lot of activity coming up with the pigs in the next few weeks.

Things kick off this coming Saturday when we need to take Dot and Gladys away from their respective litters, so that we can wean the piglets. What we'll do, is to walk the sows down the fields and into the pig sties.
After that, there maybe a bit of fun when we try and put the two litters together to make one unruly mob.

Then a couple of days later, on the  Monday, Dot and Gladys will be loaded into the trailer and I'll take  them up the A55 to Colwyn bay where they'll spend the next three weeks in the woods with a GOS boar.

The next task will be for me to clean the vacated sties out thoroughly, so that I can put Mildred the GOS gilt into one of them to get ready to have her first litter. She's due to have them on the first of April to a Welsh boar.

I'm going to put two or three of the best gilts from the combined litters into the other sty. The thought that I have at the moment, is that I might like to try my hand at showing pigs, so I'm going to give these chosen few some special feeding and training in an attempt to get them ready for the summer shows. We'll see.

Weather and pigs permitting, Mildreds litter will be put outside in one of the arks ASAP and then I'm off up to Harrogate. I've arranged to purchase a couple of Pedigree GOS eight week old boars with a view to trying to raise one up to being a stock boar.

All in all, I've got a pretty hectic month ahead of me. I hesitate to say organised but I'm really enjoying what I'm doing. Just for good measure, I've also got to arrange to take Maude, the barren gilt to the abattoir and start to give some thought to finding a suitable mate for Blackie and Blackie the two Large Black gilts.
Who wants a quiet life? At least my smallholding activities are keeping me pretty fit. Yesterday, just tootling about and taking the dog for a walk, saw our newly refound pedometer clock up just over 23,000 steps.  
sod

Keep up the good work but slow down you are making me tired   time for bed
chicken feed

Much the same as you John piggy musical pens is the order of the moment.
two sows have been served this week so fingers crossed for july litters. we will be waving goodbye to all the non show weaners tomorrow cutting the feed bill by a huge amount. waiting to hear from the breeder to tell me the gilt i have ordered is in pig (another july litter) in three weeks time we will be AI'ing another sow. we have a heap of schedules to start going through and filling in the entries for this years shows which will see us wave goodbye to the best part of £1k. we have to start board and stick training on the young show team. today I am hoping to get this new pig shed isolation approved which will see us with 2 isolation sites.

so far this morning i have fed the lambs and pigs, done the school run, got a sow mated, cleaned the house, swept the yard and been to the bank….cup of tea before i set about the ironing whist waiting for the vet……I love my life and would not change it which is just as well !!
bodger

I'm waiting for the EHO, to come and do her annual inspection of what we do with the apple juice and cider.
While she's here, I'm going to sound her out about selling pork from here. I'm thinking frozen sausages and burgers.
At the moment the abattoir makes them in their butchers shop and we freeze any that aren't sold the day we pick them up.
I need to know about labelling requirements and freezer temperature records etc.
I've never done ant butchery, so getting the slaughterhouse to do everything is an expensive but easier option. Maybe a weekends butchery course is what's required? I don't know, I'm not sure.
julieshrops

I can't remember how many of each sex you have in the 2 litters but each time we have had both sows give birth very close together when it came to weaning we mixed and matched the litters so that the girls and boys separated.  This means there can be no young accidents   !
bodger

I've got six gilts, three for me Julie, two for you and one going spare.
bodger

This morning could see the start of what maybe a traumatic day. We're going to wean the two litters of Gloucestershire Old Spots from their mums.
The only semblance of a plan that I have, is to feed the piglets at the top of the field and then walk Dot and Gladys, the two sows down to the pig sties.
Wish us luck, we're definitely going to need it.
Photos to follow, but that's only if we're able to master holding a camera and a pig board at the same time.
welshboy

A guy I met out here has a video camera attached to his motobike helmet .
C'mon bodger we can get a real view of your antics then.
hughesy

I use the trailer. Get the sow to walk in and shut it up. Then feed the piglets. Then drive the trailer away while they're eating. We've found that sometimes the sows don't want to come away from the p[iglets but they can't resist having a look in the trailer.
bodger

I had my excitement and exercise yesterday pig wrestling. We weaned two litters of ten week old piglets and then tried to put the groups together. We had a heck of a job getting them into the same enclosure and then the ungrateful little beggars started fighting. It took two hours grovelling and rolling in the mud to split them back into two again. I now have aches and pains in areas that over the years, I've completely forgotten about.
The piglets are now back in separate pens.
hughesy

They would only have scrapped for a little while to establish the new pecking order. Probably would have been fine if you'd left them together a bit longer.
bodger

There would have been nothing left of some of them.
bodger

There's quite a lot of grumbling and moaning coming from the sties. Dot and Gladys aren't impressed at being parted from their piglets.




horace

It shouldn,t be long before they settle down
bodger

Yesterday I delivered Dot and Gladys safely to their new home and a rather handsome boar. The people there were rather impressed by their size and hopefully I'll be picking up the by then pregnant girls in about three weeks time.
My task for today, is to thoroughly clean their vacated sties ready for new occupants. They'll be well disinfected and then I'll white wash all the walls and cement screen one of the courtyards.
rhino

And the pig machine rumbles on  
bodger

I am finding them a bit addictive.
bodger

Disinfectant?
At the moment, I'm really going to town bottoming one of the breeze block pig sties ready to move Mildred in to farrow at the beginning of next month. I've got the pressure washer on the go but I was wondering what brands of disinfectants is generally used to bump off any nasties that might be lurking? Does anyone use bleach?
I'll obviously make sure that things are nice and dry before I mover her in.

I never like doing this and its something that I've caught myself putting off but this afternoon I've booked Maude in for the chop early next week.
hughesy

Use the iodine based stuff you get from wynnstays or similar.
chicken feed

we wash down with Antec HD3 and disinfect with antic Virudine iodopher both defra approved.
bodger

Derek Harrison, an experienced pig keeper who lives about thirty miles away is kindly coming to visit us this morning. He's a pig judge and is going to run his eye over my stock. Hopefully, after his visit I'll have a better idea as to the standard of my stock and know which one's to keep and which ones to eat.
horace

Good luck
bodger

My two large blacks are nice pigs but both of them have poor underlines. To the layman, this means they have odd tits, so I wont be showing them. I'll have to work out what I'm going to do with them. By this, I mean the pigs and not the tits.
He seemed pretty impressed with the GOS's and liked them. Some of the gilts could very well have show and breeding potential.
bodger

Meet the three 'O's. That's Olga, Olive and Olwyn.
Today we selected what are hopefully the best young ladies from our two litters of pigs. We put them back in the pig sty, where they'll get a slightly different diet from their brothers and sisters who are destined for the chop. Some of them will be future breeding sows and if I carry out my threat, one of them might accompany me on my first venture into pig showing.









rhino

They look good, just a thought is it worth keeping a good boar as there doesn't seem to be many in your area? Not for your breeding but for renting out?
bodger

I'm coming up to your neck of the woods on Wednesday to buy a young boar. I'm picking one up from Matlock. Quite naturally, his pet name is going to be Mat.
bodger

Here are some 'before' pictures. I'll put some 'after' one's on in a few weeks, when the Large Black gilts have had the  time to get stuck into their new pasture. Karen and I moved them at eight this morning.














bodger

Three nice GOS gilts sold this afternoon.
horace

 
rhino

 
Fowgill Farm

Just cast my eye over your gos show team
Look good to me loks like i might have some competition at Cheshire lol
Gilt on left looks better marked and boar looks good and chunky  
We'lll see how they grow on................
Mandy x
bodger

All three of them are gilts mandy.
Fowgill Farm

Oops  
Could have sworn 2nd from left was a boar shuda gon to specsavers  
Shes a good chunky lass then!
M x
bodger

Like most people, this last week we've had some lovely bright sunny days. The three O's are nice and safe in their sty but this morning I've noticed that their brothers, who are out on free range, have red ears. They're getting sun and wind burn.
Sunburn can be a problem with white pigs and although they have shade, there's no way of making them use it. it occurs to me, that You don't have this problem with LB's and other coloured pigs.  
Yorkshire Geordie

This is one way to move pigs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqjtz3rEPG0

Shocking, I know, but it made me laugh and is quite pertinent to this thread.

Martyn
horace

 
bodger

I went to Matlock yesterday and bought a smashing young boar. On our visit, I made the acquaintance of his breeders who were very friendly and knowledgeable people.
The boar was born last July and is from the Sambo line. He's obviously got a lot of growing left to do but he's really looks good and has nice conformation. Fingers crossed, he should be just what we want.

The only down side, is that he's not used to electric fencing  and last evening he charged the fencing and went through the pig netting behind it too.
He's currently residing in a pig sty, but tomorrow we're going to construct something even sturdier to put him in. Its going to have to be pig netting with barbed wire and we'll be giving the strands of electric fencing a miss. It was touching it last night that panicked him and we're hoping that without the electric shock, he might be tempted to stay put. We'll have to wait and see.

His pet name at his previous home was Robbie but seeing as how that also just happens to be the name of our youngest son, we've decided rather diplomatically to call him Matt, as in Matt from Matlock.
horace

Best of luck with him i hope he does the job for you
rhino

Should have given me a shout I was in Tansley, who was it you had him off. Hope he does all right for you  
Fowgill Farm

Great news you got him at last.

You may find he is already used to being called Robbie so changing his name may not work, it possible he will answer to Mattie as I find pigs respond to the 'eee' sound on the end of words so some my pigs have had names as girlie, missy, smiley, louie, brucie, darcy and so on.
hth
Mandy x  
Dave C

Great news pal, lets hope he dose the business for you  
bodger

There's strong wind and rain forecast for tomorrow but whatever the weather sends, we need to do some major construction work and make the young lad a secure enclosure. He looks as miserable as sin in his pig sty, he needs fresh air and blue skies.
bodger

Not the most picturesque surroundings but here's young matt for you to have a look at.














chicken feed

He look nicely up on his feet which is always a good start with a breeding animal. He should do you well.
bodger

Tonight we finally managed to get Matty the boar out of the sty and on grass in his new run. Fingers crossed that he stays put.














"My new house?"
























"That's not half bad you know? I think I could like it here"









And we also moved our three six month old gilts into a fresh grass filled paddock.




Yorkshire Geordie

Looks spot on that does.  
Matty looks well pleased.  
The gilts look happy, in a piggy way, also.  
Martyn
bodger

Well the good news is that Matty stopped where we put him but it did rain quite a bit last night and it looks as though he decided to sleep under the stars out in the open.
As far as I know, he's been kept indoors all his life and last night was his first experience of camping. He was an itchy pig when I bought him and had been rubbing his shoulders before he arrived. It looks as though he spent most of the night rubbing against things in his run. There's never been any visible signs of anything living on him and I'm just wondering what the problem might be?
horace

Well away from the boar i presume

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