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Runt Pig
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Sally    Posted 01-09-2002 at 20:14:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are new in the pig business. We ended up with a runt. Help?

Spence    Posted 01-11-2002 at 05:31:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep him til july when he can see some sun and grazing on first growth grass and other succulent stuff then pop him in the freezer.
Summer slaughter will have to done at the

Larry    Posted 01-10-2002 at 15:39:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

We raise pigs too. We had a few runts last summer that kept us entertained for a while. I'll post my home page here for you to look at. The page about the runts is called "Piglet Cam."

Walt    Posted 01-10-2002 at 09:14:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
He may be anemic, did you give all the piglets an iron shot within 24hrs of after birth? They may be able to root enough out of the ground, if not on ground, throw a few shovels of dirt into them occasionally. I have one that is now 15 months old, weights about 60 pds, compared to his siblings @ 250-350 pds. Could have lung or stomach worms too, use wormer on entire stock, follow directions, reworm after 4 wks, worm any new stock and keep it isolated until clear. My 2 cents. Let me know if I can help.

Larry    Posted 01-10-2002 at 15:42:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]


Sounds like you should have knocked that one in the head. Unless 15 months was a typo.

Walt    Posted 01-11-2002 at 09:37:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Larry: 15 months is correct, found a infestation of worms myself, don't know where they came from, wormed the entire stock, will give runt a few more months to show progress, otherwise he is big enough for an oven stuffer.

Larry    Posted 01-11-2002 at 16:32:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I think I'd give up on it now. Most of my pigs are ready for the freezer at around 160 days of age. 180 at the longest.

Worms are hard to get rid of. Not in the animal it self,but on the farm. I was told once buy a old farmer that if you took the worm eggs that were in the soil,and magnafied them so you could see them with the naked eye.You would be knee deep in them.

Hogman    Posted 01-14-2002 at 04:15:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Worms are like lice,am sure You could take a super clean,purified,herbacided,insecticided whatevercided hog out in the gobi desert where no hog had been in tha last 10,00 years and it would have lice right shortly and I expect a few worms.

Accordin to some of My more "learned" books, livestock can get "worms" from eating Earthworms. Hogs root and eat what ever They find encluding earthworms which may be carriers.

Larry    Posted 01-14-2002 at 17:49:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I know what you mean. A person could be out in the middle of the Mohove desert where you are the only living crature around.But,as soon as you get a slit trench dug,and take a squat a big blow fly will come and land on your nose. Go figure!!!! ;-)

PCC-AL    Posted 01-10-2002 at 06:33:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Sally,
Runts sometimes surprise you. Feed it well and it may outgrow the problem. However, I don't recommend keeping a runt for breeding stock. For pork chops you may never know the difference. Good luck.

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