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bodger

Piggy plans part two.

Well first of all, its April fools day today and going by the dates, this morning could see my first litter of none spotty pigs arrive.
Mildred the GOS is a humungus size and is heavily in pig to a Welsh boar. I'm English by the way and hopefully not boring.  In readiness, I've left the heat lamp on for the last couple of days.

I've also taken the decision to send the two Large Black gilts and the barren  GOS, Maude into the slaughter house. This will give me some much needed space and should also give me enough sausages and burgers for my farm gate sales to see me through the summer. This also means that I'm going to have to look at purchasing another freezer.

Chicken feed has sent me a show schedule for Stafford Show, so I'm going to fill in an entry form and nearer to the time see if any of my pigs look as though they might make the grade.
Yorkshire Geordie

Good luck with your revised plans, Bodger.  

As Rab said, "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley ....." so maybe a few contingencies may be needed.  

Martyn
bodger

Most definitely.
I've got two away weekends on my own this month. Karen and I usually go everywhere together but because our main house sitter is now in NZ, we don't have a choice. Not for April but if any of our friends on here feel up to any farm sitting by the sea, then drop us a PM.
This month, I'm going to the Large Black Pig AGM in Stafford and the following weekend, its the GOS in Stroud.
How the two AGM's go could well determine which of the two breeds I concentrate my efforts on. On and off, I've kept the GOS's for over twenty years. ( Those are our now grown up kids in my avatar) but for the six months that we've kept them, I've really taken to our first ever LB's.
bodger

Still no sign of Mildreds piglets. I've checked the calendar and the dinky little chart that the pig society sent me and if she took to her first mating, then she should have had them on the first of April.
Pigs come into season every three weeks and looking at the size of her, its hard to believe that it could be close on another three weeks before she has them.
rhino

This one lasted the day before popping  
bodger

Its red hot day here and we've just come back in from shopping to find Mildred lying spragged out in her exercise yard in the shit and pea. She was obviously intent on having her litter outdoors.  It looks as though she was feeling too hot indoors, so I've hosed her down, both to cool her and to clean the you know what off her.  
We've quickly installed an electric fan and its fingers crossed that the stubborn mare farrows where she's supposed to.
Rena

Ohhhhhh. Poor girl, she was huge (rhino-bet she was plenty ready when she farrowed!)

Hope all goes well for Mildred, bodger.
12Bore

Trotters crossed!  
bodger

It'll be a middle of the night job, just you watch! Dot and Gladys are old hands at this sort of thing but its all new to Mildred. Still, I suppose they've all got to start somewhere.
bodger

At long last, the first piglet has been born !  A pointy nosed all pink one. Its still going to be a longish night.
kaz

There's 4 there now - all suckling nicely so I'm letting her get on with it. She tries to get up if we get too close to her.
Yorkshire Geordie

Whoopeeeeeeee  
You want to re-name her ..........
How about Mia?



Martyn    
bodger

Five now Mart!
Yorkshire Geordie

Well, one every 8 minutes, now let's see.  

I reckon by 1:00am tomorrow she'll be done.  

Good luck in the meantime.
Martyn
bodger

Nine.
kaz

14  
horace

   
chicken feed

bodger

I'll be nipping out shortly to get the final score. Fingers crossed that she hasn't squished any over night.
hughesy

Nice one. 14 is good for a first timer. Brace yourself for the feed bill!
bodger

There quite a lot of blood on the sow and over the sty walls. We've taken a lot of bdooly straw out and a lot of afterbirth. I'm not used to seeing so much blood and its fingers crossed that Mildred is going to be OK. She has eaten breakfast this morning.














rhino

There does seem to be a lot, is that a prolapse or is she cleansing?
Well done on the number Hughsey is absolutely right the feed bill will make your eyes water    Good luck  
bodger

There's a water bag starting to protrude.
bodger

We've just been and examined the contents of the  wheelbarrow from this morning and both placentas would appear to have been passed. There is what looks to be a small water bag protruding and I'm at a loss as to what that might be and more importantly, I'm also at a loss as to what my next course of action should be.
bodger

We've decided that Mildred has a tear and that we need to give her an injection of Pen and Strepp, plus a gentle sponge down with diluted Hibi Scrub. I don't suppose any of you are passing by later on today?
rhino

You're nowhere near me mate, without having a look I'm reluctant to advise if the afterbirth has come away clean which it sounds like it has then the obvious conclusion is that the bit hanging out should be back inside. If it were human and assuming a tear or prolapse, sometimes a prolapse will return on it's own or with a little persuasion, otherwise you may need a ring to hold it in till the whole area settles. Might even need a stitch or 2. I'd hold firm give her the jab and keep a close eye on her.
If you decide you need a vet as long as it's clean it won't come to too much harm till Tues when it's cheaper. I'm looking on the worse case and hopefully it'll turn out to be nothing. Good luck again.
Rena

I second the thought of getting her checked. That is a fair amount of blood, and what it's out does remind me of what a possible partial prolapse or tear looks like. Keeping it as clean as possible until you find out for sure, one way or the other, is pretty important-as I'm sure you already know.

Congratulations!!!!

Btw...I didn't see an 'official final' count?
bodger

13, one of the piglets had a very bad hernia.
rhino

Any news on the sow???

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