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hughesy

Porkers

On the subject of evaluating pigs I took three Saddleback porkers to slaughter last week that were born on the 24th of January so were just under 20 weeks old. The carcasses came back weighing 50kg, 51kg and 52kg. I think that's good going for rare breed pigs so I'm giving myself a pat on the back.
bodger

I've got seven six month old ones going tomorrow, I'm hoping that they'll be about that weight.
Rena

Nice!!
hughesy

I've got 17 more in the same batch that'll all be going over the summer. They'll need to be fed carefully now to keep them in good condition. John have you got customers waiting for the seven?
rhino

 Very good is it correct there's a more commercial strain of saddleback???
hughesy

rhino I've never heard of that. The two litters I mentioned are out of Mary line sows which are one of the rarer lines. I would imagine that the rarer bloodlines are rare for a reason but ours perform very well so can't think it applies to that particular one. Mind you our Golden Arrow boar is a piglet producing machine so perhaps he over rides any inefficiency in the sows
rhino

Neither had I but a mate bought 4 saddleback weaners last year and they were fantastic pigs, long and muscley, and the guy they bought them of said it was a more commercial strain???  It doesn't matter really they were big at weaning and grew like stink, very good buy I thought.
hughesy

Some do better than others I suppose. One things for sure the myths surrounding rare breed pigs being fat, slow growing and poor performing are indeed myths if the pigs are well looked after.

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